- Business Insider 05:47October 23, 2019China and the NBA are coming to blows over a pro-Hong Kong tweet. Here's why.Will Newton/Getty Images The NBA and China are locked in an escalating feud sparked by a tweet that voiced support for protests in Hong Kong.
The feud began on Friday after Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted out an image that voiced support for protests in Hong Kong.
Since the tweet, Chinese leagues, streaming services, sponsors, and partners, have cut ties with the Rockets and the NBA.
Here's how the controversy started — and all of the events that have happened since.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. The NBA and China are locked in an escalating feud sparked by a tweet that voiced support for protests in Hong Kong.
For over 20 weeks, millions of people in Hong Kong have taken to the streets for increasingly violent protests. Initially, protests centered around a proposed bill that would have allowed for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to China to face trial. Now, demonstrations have ballooned into a fight against police brutality and Chinese encroachment on the semi-autonomous city.
Though the bill has since been withdrawn, protests continue and have recently seen a spike in violent clashes between police and protesters as China marked its 70th anniversary on October 1. The topic of Hong Kong protests remains a sensitive issue for China, and China has been known to take harsh action against companies that so much as reference its domestic affairs or appear to threaten its authority.
As described by The New York Times, basketball is China's most popular sport, with a market representing hundreds of millions of fans. According to CNBC, more than 640 million people in China watched the 2017-2018 NBA season.
On October 4, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted out an image which voiced support for protests in Hong Kong. In the days following, Chinese leagues, streaming services, sponsors, and partners, have cut ties with the Rockets and the NBA.
Here's everything you need to know about the feud, from the initial tweet to the escalating backlash. On October 4, Morey tweeted out an image that voiced support for a protest group in Hong Kong.
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In the since-deleted tweet, Morey posted the symbol of Stand With Hong Kong, an activist group that has been behind calls for foreign government intervention in Hong Kong.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1181035449973800960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Here's the tweet from @dmorey of the @HoustonRockets that the @NBA says 'deeply offended many of our friends and fans in #China'. https://t.co/aHSYqbiSIY pic.twitter.com/Kst3jcD0IY
The tweet immediately prompted backlash from Chinese social-media users, who targeted his account with angry messages and calls for his firing.
In response to the backlash, Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Rockets, addressed the controversy on October 5.
Seeking to do damage control, Fertitta distanced the team and its shareholders from Morey's statement.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1180330287957495809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Listen....@dmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization. @espn https://t.co/yNyQFtwTTi
"Listen....@dmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets," he wrote.
He later defended Morey on ESPN, saying that he had "best general manager in the league" but that Rockets had "no political position."
On October 6, the Chinese Basketball Association, which represents China in the International Basketball Federation, announced it was halting cooperation with the Rockets in response to the tweet.
The CBA's president is Yao Ming, the former NBA All-Star who played for the Rockets from 2002 to 2011.
"The Chinese Basketball Association strongly disagrees with the improper remarks by Daryl Morey, and has decided to suspend exchanges and cooperation with the team," the CBA said in a statement on its official account on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Trump's rapid Syria withdrawal is making life near the border with Turkey even more dangerousHong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she isn't ruling out Chinese military intervention as the city's violence appears unendingChina is filling a 'strategic vacuum' in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that's bad news for TaiwanSEE ALSO: An NBA executive is facing major backlash in China after tweeting support for the Hong Kong protests
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- Business Insider 03:24October 23, 2019The amazing life of self-made tech mogul Marcelo Claure, Softbank's secret weapon tasked with fixing WeWorkGetty As part of Softbank's takeover deal with WeWork, Softbank is cleaning house.
Ousted CEO Adam Neumann is being offered a lucrative pay package that will also see him resign from his chairman role and sever most of his ties.
The two co-CEOs who replaced him a few weeks ago are also reportedly out, while Softbank's go-to fixer, COO Marcelo Claure steps in as interim chairman to search for a CEO.
Claure is a self-made man, in all likelihood a billionaire, whose rise to success is the stuff of Hollywood legend.
And if his life is any indication, he may be a good reason to hope that the WeWork train wreck may get back on track.
Read more WeWork news here. WeWork's whirlwind collapse from $47 billion startup to failed IPO and near bankruptcy will no doubt go down in the annals of business lore.
But now that the company has agreed to take a deal from its major investor Softbank that puts the company firmly in Softbank's control, we'll have to see what Act 2 brings.
Will it be the story of a spectacular turnaround?
Read: Sex, tequila, and a tiger: Employees inside Adam Neumann's WeWork talk about the nonstop party to attain a $100 billion dream and the messy reality that tanked it
There's a much better chance that it could now that Softbank has reportedly installed its famed corporate fixer, Marcelo Claure, as WeWork's interim leader.
Softbank's deal to rescue WeWork hands co-founder and ousted CEO Adam Neumann nearly $1.7 billion plus millions in advisory fees. In exchange, Neumann must give up much of his voting rights and his role as chairman. The deal also reportedly removes the two co-CEOs who took over a few weeks ago, both of whom were hired under Neumann's watch.
Read: In leaked email, WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey tells employees 'it takes fortitude to continue to believe'
Claure is to be named interim chairman and to lead a search for a new CEO.
Claure is the COO of Softbank Group, the publicly traded holding company built Masayoshi Son and one of Son's most trusted lieutenants. Claure is also the CEO of Softbank Group International.
Most people know Claure as the man Softbank installed as CEO of Sprint, who turned that wireless company around after Softbank's major investment.
But his career and his life story are far more spectacular than that.Claure was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He came to the US in 1989 to attend college in Massachusetts. A fated airline trip turned into his big break.
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Claure was always entrepreneurial, even as a kid, and made extra cash by buying and selling his mother's clothing outside their house.
After completing his degree in economics and finance at Bentley College, Claure found himself on a plane sitting next to the newly-appointed Bolivian Football Federation president.
By the time the flight landed, he landed a job as head of business operations. The team qualified for the World Cup that year, 1994, the first time in 44 years.
Claure told the South Miami Harold in 2013 that he learned from the federation president Guido Loayza, "His persistence against all odds was an eye opener."
After the World Cup, he moved back to Boston. He needed cash so he answered an ad that promised cash for frequent flier miles, selling them for $2,000.
A few days later, when he needed to fly back to Bolivia, he called up that company and tried to buy his miles back.
They wanted $8,000. A 400% markup in a matter of days! That kind of profit attracted him to start his own gray market business of selling airline miles.
The airlines tried to tell him he couldn't do it.
"But we found a way to do it legally," Marcelo told Inc. back in 2004.
"It taught me that you don't have to do what people tell you, no matter how powerful they are. A lot of times, we live by the limits that are given to us, and it stunts our potential," he said.
He says he got into the wireless phone business when he walked into a shop to buy a phone and a "fed up" business owner offered to give him a phone if he bought into the business instead.
So, he did and within a few years, he had built that stake into the leading wireless retailer in New England, he told the South Florida Journal back in 2013.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The WeWork fiasco of 2019, explained in 30 secondsThe career rise and fall of Adam Neumann, the controversial WeWork cofounder who is reportedly getting $1.7 billion to step down from the company's boardSoftBank is reportedly taking control of WeWork. Here's a running list of all the Japanese giant's major investments in tech.
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- Business Insider 01:24October 23, 2019The best women's T-shirt brandsThere's nothing like a simple, comfortable T-shirt. Even though the T-shirt is a very basic piece of clothing, some are just better than others.
We've rounded up our favorite places to buy T-shirts for women. Our top pick is Universal Standard for its ultra-soft shirts and size diversity, but other stores include Everlane, James Perse, Pact Apparel, and Mott & Bow.
See also: The best women's white T-shirts You're a creature of many dimensions. Sure, it can take you two hours to get dressed, and sure, you can sometimes look at your closet full of clothes and assure yourself that none of it will work for your very normal day at work. But that's not always you. Really, more often than not, what you're really looking for in place of those two hours and your whole closet-full of clothes is a simple T-shirt. One that is as dependable as it is comfortable and stylish. Luckily, that T-shirt is not a white whale. It's very much available to buy. When it comes to picking your favorite tee, there are a few factors to consider. First off, how do you want the shirt to fit? If you're hoping for something slim cut to accentuate your figure, you'll probably want to stay away from the boxy designs. On the other hand, if you're just looking to lounge, then you may want something looser. Do you want your shirt to be more on the sheer side, or are you looking for a bit more coverage? Some of the most comfortable T-shirts out there are barely there — literally. If you're not about that life, be sure you're looking at a shirt that is solid all the way through.
Then, of course, you'll want to keep price points in mind. On the one hand, a great staple T-shirt is practically invaluable. But on the other hand, how much are you really willing to pay for a plain top that's meant to be one of the most casual pieces in your wardrobe? Ultimately, no matter which of our favorite T-shirts you choose, we're sure you'll always have something to throw on, regardless of the occasion. Here are the best T-shirt brands for women: Best women's T-shirts overall: Universal Standard
Best box cut T-shirts: Everlane
Best scoop neck T-shirts: James Perse
Best V-neck T-shirts: Pact Apparel
Best boyfriend fit T-shirts: Mott & Bow Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices, formatting, and added Universal Standard. Included a few related links and replaced out-of-stock items. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best T-shirt for women overall
The Universal Standard Tee Rex makes a slightly oversized, universally flattering fit for all women, with sizes ranging from 00 to 40.
Universal Standard has the greatest size range of the brands included on this list. Women sized 00 to 40 can find their perfect T-shirt among the brand's selection of shirts. And if you buy a piece from its Fit Liberty collection, the company will also replace your clothes for free if your size shifts either up or down within one year of purchase.
The Tee Rex, which is included in Fit Liberty, has it all: a slightly oversized fit, soft fabric, simple and well-designed silhouette, and comfortable for all-day wear. The shirt is soft and stretchy thanks to a combination of Peruvian cotton, modal, and elastane. A crew neck, curved hem, and lengthened sleeves give the shirt a drapey shape that lends some room to breathe without erasing your shape in fabric. It fits well at your true size, but you may consider sizing up for a looser fit or down for a more slimming one also.
Insider Picks reporter Remi Rosmarin said she "loved the feel of this fabric and the shape of the shirt— the curved hem is perfect for tucking into jeans. Ultimately, I probably would have sized up so the sleeves were a little looser, but that's all a matter of preference."
Pros: Soft fabric, drapes nicely, comes in many sizes, Fit Liberty will replace your clothes for free if your size changes within one year of purchase
Cons: Pricier, long fitted sleeves
The best box-cut T-shirt
If you're into a looser look and feel in your T-shirt, then Everlane's Box-Cut Tee is the way to go.
It's not easy finding a great white T-shirt. Some might say it's about as difficult as finding Moby Dick (though they'd be wrong). Enter Everlane, the direct to consumer brand that is reinventing the way in which we shop for basics. And that includes the white T-shirt, which we called the perfect white tee.
And the great thing about its Cotton Box-Cut Tee is that it's nothing like those super tight T-shirts you wore with your cut-offs in high school. Think of it as the grown-up T-shirt. It manages to be fashion-forward without being skin tight and looks great paired with either a mini skirt or a pair of jeans. As the name suggests, the Box-Cut Tee features a slightly boxier fit than the basic Cotton Crew. Overall, it's just a little more relaxed, with a very slight crop that gives it a more updated look. It has an effortlessly casual feel to it, and a versatile silhouette that can be worn with quite literally anything. If you're into pockets, you have the option of purchasing the shirt with a chest pocket at no additional cost. Thanks to its lightweight combed cotton construction, this shirt will get softer every time you wash it — and if you're as in love as we are, you'll wash it a lot — but the thread doesn't seem to wear out. Even if it does, Everlane has a seemingly neverending supply of these tees, so it won't hurt to stock up. The pocket version of the tee is available in 13 colors total, including a bright white and slightly more ivory shade, while the plain tee is available in nine different colors and some striped patterns. Pros: Affordable, versatile, comes in 13 colors, transparent production processes
Cons: Some customers have noted that the tee is a bit short on taller women
The best scoop neck T-shirt
James Perse makes some of the most comfortable clothing around, and its scoop neck T-shirt is no exception to the rule.
Alright, so this is a bit of splurge, but can you really put a price tag on comfort? James Perse, the company behind seemingly every Silicon Valley CEO's wardrobe (hi Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg) really does make one of the most comfortable T-shirts available. And just as Snapchat's founder and CEO has turned the brand's $60 v-neck into a staple item, you too can turn the James Perse Luxe Lotus Jersey Tee into a wardrobe mainstay.
The Lotus is a simple, effortless scoop neck shirt that seems to look good with just about anything. Round necks tend to be flattering for women with round faces, and the Lotus has a scoop neck that is low enough to be interesting, but not so low that you'll constantly be adjusting your shirt to hide your bra.
I'm particularly fond of this shirt throughout seasons. In the summer, the super lightweight nature of the garment makes it a great pair for a pair of shorts. But in the fall or spring, you can easily layer this item underneath an open shirt or a cardigan. As it so happens, I'm a sucker for anything heather grey, which makes this T-shirt a no-brainer for me.
The Lotus is made with 100% cotton, and is cut just short enough to ensure that you don't look sloppy even when it's not tucked in.
Pros: Beautiful scoop neck cut, very comfortable, great for layering
Cons: If you're not comfortable potentially spending $100+ on a shirt, then James Perse isn't the right place to look
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- Business Insider 01:17October 23, 2019The best baby carriersA baby carrier lets you and your little one explore the world together. You'll be glad to have your hands free and your child nestled close, while babies love feeling warm and secure.
A good baby carrier is designed with both you and your baby's ergonomic needs in mind.
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One Carrier is our top choice because it's adaptable, comfortable, and very easy to use. The first few years of a child's life are a unique and wonderful time for his or her parents, but it would be dishonest to say that the baby years don't also make life more complicated. The simple act of leaving the house to run an errand, grab lunch with a friend, or even just to take a walk becomes a much more involved process, requiring everything from diaper bags to bottles to bibs to a spare set of clothes in preparation for inevitable messes. While the modern marketplace is cluttered with baby gear and accessories that you can skip, there are a few items the savvy parent should have on hand. A great baby carrier ranks near the top of this list.
With a baby carrier, you and your young child can venture out into the world — whether for a walk around the block or an all-day adventure through a foreign city — with ease and comfort. Baby carriers keep your hands free while keeping your child warm and secure, offering you convenience while strengthening the bond between you and the little one. By using your hips, shoulders, and core to support the weight of your child, a baby carrier minimizes the strain put on your body. They are also, of course, designed with child's ergonomic needs in mind, keeping a baby properly supported and comfortable at the same time.
When choosing the right baby carrier for you and your child, first consider the child. That is to say think about your baby's age and size, and about how quickly he or she is growing. Some baby carriers are ideal for newborns, while others cannot even safely be used by a child until he or she is at least six months old. Try to find a baby carrier that will provide you years of use, but don't ever choose one not suitable for your child's current size. They can "grow into" hand me down clothes, but not a carrier that can't offer proper neck support.
Then think about the types of activities in which you and your child will participate while the baby is strapped to you. A hiking baby carrier might be a ridiculous choice if all you tend to do is run errands and visit friends and family, but a cloth baby wrap is equally a poor choice for the one-year-old coming along for a trek.
Once you have considered your child's needs and the activities during which you want to keep your child close and your hands-free, take a look at the baby carriers on our list. Surely one or two of them will suit your needs, with design preference and budget informing your final decision. Here are the best baby carriers you can buy: Best baby carrier overall: Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One Carrier
Best low-cost baby carrier: Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier
Best baby carrier for hiking: Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier
Best for carrier for newborn babies: Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
Best baby carrier for parent comfort: Stokke MyCarrier Front/Back 3-in-1 Baby Carrier Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links, prices, and text.The best baby carrier overall
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 baby carrier can be used to tote little ones along in any logical position you can think of on your back, hip, or chest.
A lot of baby carriers pride themselves on being three-position carriers. Some highlight how they allow a baby to ride on your back or front with equal comfort. Others tout their face-in or face-out baby position options. The Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One carrier cuts through all the noise and simply calls itself an "all position carrier." I am an owner of this carrier and I can tell you this firsthand: Ergobaby is not lying. Face-in or face-out on your chest? No problem. Want the baby on your back? Easy. Either hip preferable? It works for both. Now let's talk carrying capacity. You could use this carrier to bring most babies home from the hospital, as it's rated safe for kids weighing seven pounds and up. And I could just about still use it with my four-and-a-half-year-old because it can handle kids weighing as much as 45 pounds. Though technically the brand doesn't advise use above four years, for the record. A built-in tuck-away hood can keep your little one out of the sun and wind and will even resist light rain, and it can also be used as a nursing cover so moms can feed their babies without ever taking the kid out.
OK, so your baby/toddler has all these positioning options and can be covered and fed and snuggled and that's all great. But what about you? Well, you'll appreciate the broad waist belt that distributes weight, the lumbar pad that helps prevent sore backs, and the soft yet sturdy shoulder straps. All straps and belts and such can be adjusted easily to accommodate an adult's waist that measures anywhere from 26 inches to 52 inches, while the shoulder straps can adjust from 28 to 46 inches. And going back to the waist belt, you can wear it high or low, which is great for personal comfort preference and superb for women recovering from C-sections.
I'm not the only fan out there, either. On Amazon, one mom speaks for many when she relates having tried a plethora of other options only to find this one "perfect and worth every penny" based on her comfort, her son's comfort, and the extra features like the hood and a pocket for stashing a phone and keys and such. A writer from BreastFeedingNeeds said this Ergobaby carrier "can do it all," comfortably carrying babies and toddlers in any position you'd want.
We previously recommended the ERGObaby Three Position ADAPT Baby Carrier as our top pick, but the new 360-model is even better because it's more versatile.
Pros: Multiple position options, large padding and adjustable straps, cool mesh keeps parent and child comfortable
Cons: Expensive but worth it
The best low-cost baby carrier
The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier offers the same baby support, parent comfort, and versatility of use as baby carriers that cost four times as much money.
Let's start with the drawbacks on this one, because they are relatively few in the scheme of things. The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier is only rated for use with babies weighing between eight and 32 pounds, so for smaller newborns or premature babies, it's not going to work in those first few weeks. And that 32-pound maximum capacity is a good deal smaller than what's offered by many other carriers. Also, the leg straps can be a bit confusing to configure.
But here's the thing: This baby carrier costs thirty dollars. Yes, you could pay significantly more than that and get a carrier with a 40-pound weight capacity and with simpler adjustment points, but think long and hard about the value there. Will you even still be using a baby carrier when your child is that large? And are those few minutes of time spent readjusting the unit now and then to accommodate the growing child worth the savings? The answers are likely no and yes, respectively, so go ahead and save some cash if your family is on a budget.
The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier can carry a baby face in or out on your chest or face in on your back. They call it a "four position" carrier because in the chest face-in configuration you can use a neck and head support flap or fold it out of the way, so really it's more of a three position carrier, but that's not really a strike against it, just a matter of semantics. Parents love this carrier, giving it an average rating of 4.5 stars with hundreds of reviews logged. One mommy loves how easy it is to adapt the shoulder and waist straps to her frame and "to daddy's size as well." Another mom reports that she puts her son "in it while doing dishes, vacuuming, walking, really anything."
A writer with Baby Carrier HQ praises the Infantino seat's "natural positioning that helps to keep your baby happy," while a video reviewer with Positively Mommy demonstrates how easily she can remove her child from the carrier and place him back into the unit single-handedly.
Pros: Great low price tag, easy to adjust to fit different adults, inward and outward facing positions
Cons: Only suitable up to 32 pounds, leg adjustment points can be a hassle to use
The best baby carrier for hiking
With the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier on your back, you and your child will be ready to trek into the backcountry.
Hiking child carriers differ from regular baby carriers in several notable ways, and the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier exemplifies all of these major design elements. First and foremost, as with a good hiking pack, this carrier features an extra wide waist belt and lower back support system that allows you to carry most of the pack and baby weight on your hips. The shoulder straps are also thicker and more substantial than those of most standard baby carriers.
Quite unlike most baby carriers, this and other similar hiking baby backpacks do not carry the child directly against the parent, but instead, house the child in his or her own compartment. This snug and secure compartment is outfitted with internal straps that hold the baby in place, and the child can be protected against sunshine using a built-in hood and even against rain with moveable plastic panels.
Also unlike standard baby carriers, the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier has a large storage pocket that can accommodate diapers, snacks, spare clothes, a camera, and other such sundries. There are also two side pockets perfect for an adult's water bottle or a baby bottle. When you need to take a break from the trail, you can set the backpack down without removing your child thanks to its folding stand.
Pros: Good price for category, excellent hip and shoulder strap system, good storage pockets
Cons: Not suitable for smaller infants, not comfortable for shorter adults
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- Business Insider 01:04October 23, 2019The best facial exfoliatorsWhether you're new to the exfoliation game or a seasoned skin-care pro, Glossier's Solution is the exfoliator you should be reaching for.
Its powerful mix of acids helps dissolve dead skin cells and improves your complexion, giving your face a gorgeous glow. A good exfoliant is like a magic bullet for any skin-care routine because it truly helps just about anything that's ailing your face. Regular exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing brighter, more refreshed skin underneath. It also helps to keep your pores clear, which means acne-prone folks will experience fewer breakouts and the rest of your skin-care routine has a clear path to penetrate your epidermis. Oh, and did I mention it helps your makeup sit better on your face?
That said, the idea of exfoliating can be scary to a lot of people. Thanks to environmentally-unfriendly microbeads and the harsh apricot scrubs of our youths, exfoliants have a reputation for being abrasive, coarse, and the kind of product that can leave your skin harsh and inflamed. But the latest crop of exfoliants are nothing like this. These guys are gentle, sloughing and smoothing your skin without irritating it.
So where do you even start when incorporating an exfoliant into your routine? The first thing to consider is your skin type because every face needs something a little different from their scrub. It's also important to keep in mind that there are, in fact, two different kinds of exfoliants — physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are pretty straightforward and the more traditional of the two. The good ones tend to use small grains to slough off dead skin. In fact, you want to stay away from any physical exfoliant that uses large, jagged pieces to scrub in order to avoid micro-tears in the skin. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, use — wait for it — chemicals to dissolve dead skin cells. But don't let the word "chemical" scare you. Since these exfoliants don't involve scrubbing, they tend to be a lot gentler on the skin than physical exfoliants. The most common chemical exfoliants are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and fruit enzymes. But even with all of that knowledge, it's important to note that not all exfoliants are created equal. So in order to determine which exfoliants are worth your time and hard-earned cash, I've tested a handful of some of the top-rated exfoliants you can buy. Regardless of your skin type, your desired outcome, or your budget, there is absolutely an exfoliant out there that is going to make your skin glow.
Here are the best exfoliants to buy in 2019: Best exfoliator overall: Glossier Solution
Best drugstore exfoliator: Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub
Best exfoliator for daily use: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Best exfoliator for sensitive skin: Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub
Best exfoliator for uneven skin tone: Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated formatting, links, and prices. The best exfoliator overall
Glossier's Solution uses both AHAs and BHAs to help dissolve dead skin cells, giving your face a beautiful glow for just $24.
While most people see a lot of Internet buzz around a product as a reason to buy it, I tend to be a little wary about products that are instantly Instagram-famous. So I went into my testing phase of Glossier Solution as a total cynic. Could this stuff really be as great as my favorite beauty editors and influencers say it was?
After three weeks of testing, I'm happy to say that the answer is a resounding hell yes. I've been using the Glossier Solution every evening, immediately after cleansing and right before spritzing on my favorite toner, and honestly, it looks like I have a different face. My complexion is clearer, my skin is smoother, and I even went on a date with no foundation or concealer on. That's how life-altering this stuff is.
What makes Solution a game-changer is its powerful (yet surprisingly gentle) combination of acids. It has the AHAs lactic and glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin's surface, while harnessing the BHA glycolic acid to penetrate the skin's surface, clearing out all the gunk from your pores. This one-two punch means you're getting the deepest exfoliation you possibly can. The bottle is also formulated with a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) called gluconolactone, which balances out the first two acids, meaning this formula is clutch for all skin types — including sensitive ones.
When you first swipe Solution on, you'll feel a slight tingle, but there's no need to panic. That's just the feeling of a chemical exfoliant doing its job. While you won't see results immediately, the beauty of all these acids working together is that the results compound on one another, eventually revealing a complexion so gorgeous, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Refinery29 editor Rachel Kraus also gave the Glossier Solution high marks, saying it changed her skin. Reviewers at PopSugar and InStyle also had great experiences.
After nearly a month of using this exfoliator, I doubt I'll ever go back to my other exfoliants. Glossier's Solution stands head and shoulders over all of the others I've tried, which is why it's snagged the top spot for me. Pros: Gentle on skin, wallet-friendly, easy to use, ideal for both beginners and skin-care pros
Cons: Acids may make your skin more photosensitive, so it's important to incorporate a daily sunscreen into your routine
The best drugstore exfoliator
If you're looking for powerful, fragrance-free exfoliation on a budget, then Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub is the way to go.
One of the hardest parts about shopping for skin care is the high prices, and while I am always an advocate for investing in items you put on your face, there are always amazing products that don't cost a pretty penny.
Enter Simple Skin Care. The brand's entire line is gentle and wallet-friendly, making it a drugstore standby even the most seasoned beauty editors swear by. But don't let the price point lead to you believe this product doesn't do its job. This gentle scrub both exfoliates and moisturizes, making it clutch for folks with combination skin. It's a physical exfoliant and uses natural rice granules to slough off dead skin cells. While it won't penetrate your skin to clear out your pores, removing the dead cells from the upper layer of your dermis will actually give your pores the appearance of being smaller. And who doesn't want that?
The key to using a physical exfoliant like Simple's is to be gentle. Don't feel like you have to harshly scrub at your face in order to get a good clean. Wet your face, lather up, and then gently massage the product into your skin in small circles. Simple's formula is also fragrance free, which makes it extra gentle. Simple's exfoliant holds a four-star rating at Walmart with almost 150 reviews, with users saying that it's great for their sensitive skin and that it's so gentle that they can use it daily — an accolade not many other exfoliants can boast. If gentle exfoliation at a reasonable price point sounds good for you, look no further than Simple's Kind to Skin Smoothing Scrub. Pros: Super gentle, uses natural products to exfoliate, fragrance free, affordable
Cons: Folks with extra-sensitive skin might experience irritation from the rice granules in this scrub
The best exfoliator for daily use
Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant is an exfoliating powder that transforms into an paste with water, and it's incredibly gentle for people who want to scrub daily.
Because of the nature of your skin's regular turnover cycle, daily exfoliation isn't really necessary for those of you whose skin tends to be on the dry side. Most people can get away with a scrub every other day. But folks with normal-to-oily skin may like the idea of incorporating a regular physical exfoliant into their routines in order to keep pores clear of the gunk that can cause breakouts. That's where Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant comes in. It uses a mix of both physical and chemical exfoliants to resurface your skin, leaving behind a surface so smooth, you won't believe how well your foundation will sit on it. Microfoliant has rice bran to scrub the surface of the skin, while salicylic acid and papain enzymes penetrate the surface to chisel out all the gunk hanging out in your pores. This one-two punch ensures you're getting the full range of exfoliation benefits.
Microfoliant starts out as a powder to which you add water to create a paste. Since you are in control of the amount of H20 you add, you're also in control of how gritty the exfoliant is. Have more sensitive skin? Add a lot of water. Feel like you can handle a little more physical exfoliation? Pull back on the amount you add. This choose-your-own-adventure kind of cocktailing ensures you're getting the right amount of scrub for your skin type.
This customization is also what makes it such a winner among beauty experts too. An editor at Glamour says loves the texture of Microfoliant, and she's not alone — it has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta. Talk about a crowd pleaser. Pros: Gentle enough for daily use and customizable
Cons: Since it's a powder, it can get a little messy
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- Business Insider 00:58October 23, 2019The best cat litter Cats are picky about the litter in their boxes, so it's important to choose a formula that's healthy for your cat and easy to clean.
Because there are so many different types of cat litter out there, it can be a challenge to make the right choice. Our top pick is Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter because it's a hard-clumping litter that traps liquids and odor without generating tons of dust. Though cats can certainly be difficult at times, they are a low-maintenance pet in the sense that you don't have to take them outside for a walk to do their business. Cats are fastidiously clean animals that spend hours grooming themselves each day and they do their business in a litter box. It makes your job as a pet owner easier — you simply have to scoop the litter a few times a week and change it out as needed.
When it comes to your cat's litter, there are many options to choose from and each cat has their own unique preferences for texture, fragrance, and absorbency. Because there are so many different types of cat litter out there, it can be a challenge to make the right choice. Lucky for you, we've done all of the research. We've looked into the different kinds of cat litter and read reviews for all of the top brands. We've also tested many of them ourselves to bring you our top picks for the best cat litters on the market.
Here are the best cat litters you can buy: Best cat litter overall: Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter
Best clumping cat litter: World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula
Best newspaper cat litter: Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter
The best natural cat litter: Ökocat Natural Wood Cat Litter
The best multi-cat litter: World's Best Cat Litter Multiple Cat Clumping Formula Updated 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated formatting, prices, links, and text. Removed discontinued Pro-Sense Fresh Results Crystal Cat Litter (the best crystal cat litter). We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon. The best cat litter overall
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Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter uses an unscented, dust-free formula that traps liquid and odors to keep your cat happy and your home smelling fresh.
Although cats are naturally very clean, the litter box can get messy if you don't choose the right litter. The perfect cat litter forms hard clumps to make cleanup a breeze, it's dust-free and low-tracking, and it controls odors for days at a time. And that ideal litter is the Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter.
Made from traditional clay materials, this litter creates hard clumps from your cat's urine and feces that are easy to scoop up. It is unscented and dust-free so it won't cause respiratory problems, and its unique heavy clay granules help to reduce tracking. Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is surprisingly inexpensive as well, making it ideal for multi-cat households.
Named the number-one pick by Buy the Best, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is super-affordable and its hard-clumping action traps both liquids and odor, helping to keep your house fresh and clean. This litter is also a top pick for The Wirecutter, and it receives a positive review from Heavy. Both reviews mention that this litter can be used in sifting litter boxes as well for easy cleanup.
With more than 18,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4-star rating, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is one of the most popular cat litters on the market. Consumers love the dust-free, hypoallergenic, and hard-clumping formula, though some suggest that smaller bags would be helpful.
Pros: Hard-clumping formula traps liquids and odor, unscented, dust-free and hypoallergenic formula, low-tracking, works well for multi-cat households, very inexpensive
Cons: Only available in large bags 18 pounds and up, lack of deodorizers may not mask smells as well as scented litters, not biodegradable
Buy an 18-pound bag of Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter on Amazon for $9.99
The best clumping cat litter
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Made from all-natural corn granules, World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula is biodegradable, forms hard clumps for easy cleanup, isn't dusty, and offers excellent odor control.
When it comes to cat litter, there are two main types to consider: clumping and non-clumping. Clumping cat litter works by absorbing liquid, turning it into solid clumps that can be scooped up and thrown away. This type of litter is usually low in dust and can be great for odor control, though some clumping litters are not biodegradable. Our top pick for clumping cat litter is World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula.
Made entirely from renewable, whole-kernel corn, World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula is both environmentally-friendly and biodegradable. The hard-clumping action makes scooping the litter box a breeze, and, because the granules are made from corn and not clay, they can be flushed or composted. This litter absorbs liquid quickly and controls odors for days at a time. It is also very low in dust, which is beneficial for your cat's respiratory health.
This litter is a top pick from Cat Litter Expert because of its odorless, all-natural formula. A detailed review from Pet Helpful speaks to the hard-clumping action, though the review does note that the clumps may dry out and crumble over time if you don't scoop them within a few days. This formula is fairly pricey compared to other litters, but it lasts a long time and it controls odors well if you scoop it often.
World's Best offers a variety of different cat litter formulas but this particular product has a solid 4.8-star rating out of more than 4,800 user reviews on Petco. Buyers love the dust-free, environmentally-friendly formula, though some users dislike the price.
Pros: Hard-clumping formula makes cleanup easy, biodegradable and environmentally-friendly, made from all-natural corn, can be flushed or composted, can be used in mechanical and sifting litter boxes, offers excellent odor control, dust-free
Cons: Fairly expensive compared to other clumping litters, some cats dislike the texture or scent of the litter, some cats have trouble with tracking, clumps may dry out and crumble after a few days
Buy a 14-pound bag of World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula on Petco for $15.99 or on Chewy for $14.99
The best newspaper cat litter
Made from 100% recycled paper, Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter is a gentle, highly absorbent non-clumping cat litter that is great for the environment.
One of the main benefits of clumping cat litter is, of course, the fact that it makes scooping the litter box easy. There are, however, some benefits that non-clumping litter has to offer. For example, non-clumping litters can be made from a variety of materials including natural materials like wood, corn, and grass, which might be important for cats who are sensitive to clay. Some of these materials also have a naturally pleasant smell, and, for cleanup, you can save yourself the hassle of scooping by simply dumping the entire litter box and refilling it.
Though there are many non-clumping litters to choose from, our top pick is Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter. Made from 100% recycled paper materials, our testing revealed that this litter is almost completely dust-free and biodegradable. It works quickly, absorbing up to three times the liquid of clay litter by volume, and it lasts longer than non-clumping pine litters. Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter is unscented so it won't irritate your cat's respiratory system and it is super gentle on his paws. Other reviewers like it, too. Heavy mentions the dust-free benefits of the paper materials as well as the fact that they are very soft and gentle on your cat's paws. BuytheBest10 notes that this litter is a top choice among veterinarians and loves that it is made from recycled materials, which is great for the environment. With more than 1,200 reviews on Amazon, Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter has a solid 4.2-star rating. Buyers love fast absorbency of the paper materials and the gentle, unscented formula. There are some cats, however, who dislike the larger pellets and paper litter needs to be changed often to control odors and wetness. Our test cats had no trouble with the texture of the litter, though.
Pros: Made from recycled paper materials, three times more absorbent than clay litter by volume, unscented and 99.7% dust-free, soft pellets are gentle on paws, lasts longer than pine pellets, completely biodegradable
Cons: Paper pellets may start to dissolve after absorbing liquid, odor control is limited which may require frequent cleaning, paper materials do not clump at all, some liquid may bypass the pellets
Buy a 30-pound bag of Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter on Amazon for $19.99
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- Business Insider 00:56October 23, 2019The best eyelash serums you can buyEyelash serums are an affordable way to lengthen lashes without wearing false lashes or spending money on extensions.
Our top pick is the RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner because it's an award-winning serum that will help transform your eyelashes into longer, healthier, and more luxurious looking lashes. Who doesn't love the look of long eyelashes? Not only are they glamorous but they can also make your eyes look bigger and the whites of your eyes look brighter. In the past, if you wanted longer, fuller lashes you needed to either pile on the mascara, spend money on falsies or book a salon appointment for lash extensions. But now, improving the look and feel of your natural lashes is possible with the help of eyelash serums. Not only can the right eyelash serum transform the look of your lashes, but it can also make them stronger, thicker, and healthier, too. Some feature ingredients that stimulate lash growth and make them look and feel fuller, while others work to condition lashes and help protect them from drying out and breaking.
The best part? They're insanely easy to use. Every night, after cleaning your face and eye area, simply swipe the serum on the upper and lower lash line before going to bed. While you won't notice results right away, after regularly using the serums for a few weeks, you'll start to see a difference in both your lashes' texture and length. With so many options on the market, finding the right eyelash serum can feel overwhelming. So we did the research to find the best-reviewed eyelash growth serums you can buy. Whether you want to elongate lashes or make them look fuller, we've got you covered.
Here are the best eyelash serums you can buy in 2019: Best eyelash serum overall: RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
Best for lashes and brows: Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum
Best mascara with eyelash serum: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Best drugstore eyelash serum: No7 Lash Impact Lash Serum
Best eco-friendly eyelash serum: Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer Updated 10/22/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best eyelash serum overall
RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner is a cult-favorite lash serum that conditions and strengthens lashes to make them longer and thicker.
The RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner is a one-of-a-kind formula developed by an ophthalmologist to help enhance the look of lashes and prevent future breakage. During a study, 98% of people enjoyed improved lash appearance and stronger lashes after using the product for six weeks. The serum is formulated with a mix of peptides, lipids, biotin, and green tea extract that work to fight both environmental damage and damage done by cosmetics. The conditioner not only protects from brittleness and breakage, it allows lashes to grow longer and saturates the lashes with moisture, making them softer and healthier-looking. The lash serum has been a fan favorite amongst celebrities and beauty editors alike. InStyle magazine called it "the Rolls Royce of lash conditioners," while Allure reports that Meghan Markle is a fan of the product. The serum has an Amazon's Choice recommendation because of its high ratings, with shoppers giving it a 3.9 out of 5-star rating. One reviewer named Joyce wrote, "I have been using this for about 3 weeks now and can really tell a difference in my eyelashes. They are longer and they are getting fuller as well. My daughter has been using it for about 6 months and I thought she had on false lashes. It's unbelievable how thick and long they are."
The product is on the pricey side but it comes in three sizes so you test the serum with the smaller bottle before spending money on the six-month supply.
Pros: Conditions lashes, makes them fuller and longer, three sized bottles to shop, leaves lashes softer and healthier-looking
The best serum for eyelashes and brows
Looking to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows? Try the Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum to improve the look of both.
While a lot of lash serums are technically safe to use on your eyebrows as well, the Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum was the first serum specially developed to help both types of hair grow. It comes with a soft-tip applicator that easily reaches between each hair to help you apply the product evenly. The serum is a bestseller in Asia, thanks to its hydrating formula that leaves lashes thicker and brows more full. The serum's ziziphus jujuba plant extract works as a hair-growth stimulant, while the arginine increases blood flow to the lash line. The serum is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and more than 80% of women who tested the product for 16 weeks, reported that their lashes were more beautiful and denser. It has more than 20,000 likes on Sephora's site with 200 shoppers giving it a 4.1 out of 5-stars. One buyer named Shelby wrote, "I must say, I'm surprised, this actually worked! My lashes are fuller and longer, no more falsies!! And my sparse eyebrows are finally thicker and defined!WELL worth more than $35!!"
Some people did complain about the size of the bottle as it only lasts a month, but most said it was worth the cost.
Pros: Formulated to work on lashes and brows, leaves them looking fuller and longer, restores the appearance of lashes and eyebrows
Cons: Not a lot of product for the price
The best mascara with eyelash serum
If you want a lash serum that helps grow your lashes and doubles as a mascara, try the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara.
Since eyelash serums take a few weeks before you start to notice a difference, Rimmel London added a serum to its mascara to enhance lashes in the long and short term. The Lash Accelerator Mascara makes lashes look more defined and longer, while at the same time, stimulating lash growth.
With continued use, Rimmel's Grow-Lash Complex serum works to strengthen, nourish, and renew lashes to boost natural lash growth.
The mascara has a 4.46 out of 5-star rating on Influenster with more than 1,700 reviews. One reviewer said, "I've been using it now for 10+ years and absolutely can't live without it. The mascara actually made my eyelashes grow and made them look so much fuller. It truly worked!"
A few people weren't a fan of the mascara's small applicator brush but most said they got used to it after a while. Pros: Affordable, works instantly and over time, two products for the price of one
Cons: Small applicator brush not for everyone
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- Business Insider 00:50October 23, 2019The best hair spray you can buy for less than $25Hair spray can make or break your hairstyle, so it's important to find the best one for your hair type. There's a reason why even the pros rely on our top pick. The L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray has a trusted formula that's strong enough to keep every hair in place, but light enough that it can be brushed out and reapplied without causing any stickiness. You've gotten up early and taken the time to style your hair, using your favorite shampoo and conditioner, and diligently applying heat protectant before putting your styling tools to work to create the perfect look. However, if you don't apply any type of finishing spray at the end, that look may not last through the day, and all that work will have been for nothing. If you don't want your hair to lose its curl by noon, or your sleek style to frizz out at the slightest hint of moisture in the air, applying a good quality hair spray is a must.
While the word "hair spray" may immediately give you visions of big '80s hair, today's formulas are much improved and can be applied without making you look like you stepped out of a time warp. A good quality hair spray won't weigh your hair down or make it feel sticky. Instead, it will help your hairstyle last all day long, no matter which look you choose to go with. The best hair spray formulas can protect your hair from humidity, add extra shine, and come in different strengths. There are two big things to consider to help you find the hair spray that will work the best for your needs: Hair Type: If you have a thick, unruly mane like mine, you might want a stronger formula to wrestle your rebellious locks into place. Thick hair can be heavy, making it difficult for a style to stay put. A good quality strong-hold hair spray will lock your hair in place without weighing it down, flaking off, or making your hair feel sticky. For those with fine hair, a maximum hold formula may be too heavy. If you have fine hair, or hair that is prone to breakage, a lightweight hair spray that adds volume and texture will be a better choice. If you color your hair often or have hair that is already damaged and prone to dryness, many types of hair spray will cause even more damage, especially if the formula contains a high content of alcohol. You'll want a hair spray that contains a hydrating and healing ingredient like Argan oil.
Hair Style: While some hair sprays can serve as a Jack-of-all-trades and meet all your styling needs, it can be useful to have a few different formula strengths on hand if you like to change up your hairstyle. If you're doing a fancy braid or updo for a special event, an extra-strength formula will help your style last through the evening and into the night. For a tousled look that will last all day without falling flat, a lightweight texturizing hair spray will work best. For a sleek look, a medium-strength formula designed to protect your hair against humidity will help keep any frizz or flyaways at bay. After reading through the reviews and doing some testing of our own, we rounded up the best hair sprays that suit a wide range of hair types and will keep every hair in its place no matter which hairstyle you choose to flaunt for the day. Here is the best hair spray you can buy in 2019: Best overall: L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
Best budget option: TRESemmé Micromist Hairspray
Best for thick hair: Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray
Best for fine hair: Kenra Volume Spray 25
Best for dry hair: Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Updated 10/21/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best hair spray overall
With L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, you get maximum hold that lasts, and without any heaviness or crunch thanks to the fine mist and brushable formula.
Whether you're just going through your daily routine, or have a special event on the horizon, a high-quality hairspray that can keep your style in place without weighing down your hair is a must. The L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray lives up to those standards and goes even further by withstanding sweat and warding off humidity. It comes as no surprise that this hairspray is a staple at red carpet events, where a flawless looking style that doesn't budge is a must. It's a go-to for celebrity hair stylists, but the relatively affordable price makes this hairspray accessible to all. Some hairspray formulas exist in extremes, but the Paris Elnett hairspray provides the best of both worlds. The micro-fine spray allows it to be applied lightly and evenly, so you can build it up as needed depending on your style, and brush it out for re-styling. It can hold even the most intricate braids and elegant chignons in place, while still allowing your hair to feel soft and touchable. Its buildable formula makes it ideal for all different kinds of hairstyles and hair types. It will also give your hair shine while protecting it against humidity, so you can rock that sleek blowout even on a hot summer day. For best results, you'll want to shake the can before applying, and spray from 12 inches away to ensure that every strand of hair gets coated evenly. Some reviewers felt that the original scented formula smelled too strong. The good news is if you're sensitive to certain smells, or prone to getting headaches from strongly scented beauty products, there is also an unscented version of this hairspray that provides all the same great benefits.
This hairspray is one of Amazon's best sellers, and "favorite hairspray of all time" and "best hairspray ever" are common sentiments among reviewers. According to Marie Claire, it's apparently even a go-to hair product for Kate Middleton. Receiving royal approval is certainly a plus.
Pros: Strong yet brushable hold, natural feel, sweat and humidity resistant, gives hair extra shine, won't flake
Cons: Some felt the scented formula smelled too strong
The best budget-friendly hairspray
TRESemmé Compressed Micromist Hairspray comes in four different levels of hold to suit all your styling needs and each one costs less than $10.
If you're looking for a hairspray that won't break the bank, but still gives you salon quality results, you should give the Tresemme Compressed Micromist line of hairspray a try. There are 4 different formulas to meet all your hairstyling needs: Texture Hold Level 1, Smooth Hold Level 2, Boost Hold Level 3, and Extend Hold Level 4. Level 1 is perfect for giving a finishing touch to tousled beach waves or a messy top knot, providing lightweight coverage and complete flexibility. Level 2 works great for sleek styles and will keep your hair looking smooth and frizz free all day long. If you want more volume with a hold that still provides a brushable feel, Level 3 is ideal. For a style that won't budge, Level 4 provides the strongest hold that is designed to go the distance, getting you through everything from the average workday to a special event. All these formulas provide a lightweight feel that is both frizz and humidity resistant. I tested all four to see if they lived up to the promised results, and was impressed with the quality of this hairspray — especially since it is so affordable. If you love changing up your hairstyle frequently, this hairspray is so budget friendly you could easily justify adding all four formulas to your hair product line-up, so you'll have a hairspray for every style need.
I wear my hair up a lot, and typically look for a hairspray that will provide maximum hold since it's both thick and heavy, so Level 4 was the first formula I reached for. When applied in the morning, it held my style in place through the workday. If I was going somewhere in the evening, I did usually need to give my hair a little touch-up, so for my hair type the "up to 24 hours of hold" wouldn't be a reality. However, it got me through the main part of the day without letting me down. On the days when I wore my hair down, I turned to Level 1 and Level 2. I have naturally wavy hair, so I used Level 1 for protecting my hair against the humidity that typically turns my wavy head of hair into an unattractive frizz-ball. When using this formula, it cut way down on the frizz that I usually experience, and it kept my waves soft and touchable. Since the only way I come by straight hair is with a flatiron and about an hour's worth of work, I don't straighten my hair often. When I do, I want something that will keep my stubborn hair looking sleek and frizz free all day to make all the styling work worth it. Level 2 lived up to my standards, making my hair feel soft and smooth all day. With this formula, no touch ups were needed. Since I have thick hair, I typically stay away from volumizing or "boosting" hair products, but I did find that Level 3 gave my roots more lift, and had a lightweight feel that would be ideal for those who have fine, thin hair. Some reviewers felt the scent of this hairspray was too strong, but personally, I didn't find it irritating — and I tend to be sensitive to strong smells. It smells the strongest when applying, but I didn't notice the scent for the rest of the day after it had been applied.
Pros: Micromist formula provides a lightweight feel, keeps frizz at bay, protects against humidity, different formulas and levels of hold available, compressed formula allows for a smaller can with the same number of sprays
Cons: May require some touch-ups depending on your hair type, some reviewers didn't like the scent
The best hairspray for thick hair
Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray lives up to its name and locks styles in place, making touch-ups a thing of the past.
As someone with extremely thick hair, I speak from experience when I say it can be difficult to find a hair spray that lasts all day long and can hold my heavy hair in place. The extra-firm formula of the Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray is designed to stand up to thick hair and will keep your style locked in. For special events like weddings when you won't have any time for touch-ups, formulas like these are what you want to look for.
It's fast-drying and humidity resistant, and will even provide your hair with UV protection, making it a great product to use if you're attending any outdoor events and want your style to last. Frizz won't stand a chance either thanks to the extra-firm formula. This hair spray is described as a finishing spray meant to be applied to dry, styled hair as the final step to locking your style in place. It's also suitable for wearing your hair up, or will hold curls in place if you want to wear your hair down. While it works great with both long or short hair, the strong formula makes it most ideal for those with thick hair. If you have fine hair you may find it too heavy. You'll also want to make sure you're happy with your style because after applying, it will be difficult to restyle your hair. In this sense, it does live up to its name, "freezing" your style into place. Totalbeauty ranks the Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray as one of the top hair sprays of 2018, with an average member rating of 9.2 out of 10. According to one user, "You can do your hair in the morning and that's it. It keeps my hair just where I want it without all the stiffness that you get from other hair finishers." Reviewers on Amazon love the firm yet flexible hold, the non-flaking formula, and the fact that it doesn't feel sticky after applying.
Pros: Strong hold to keep styles in place, humidity resistant, eliminates frizz, provides UV protection, designed to last all day
Cons: Will be difficult to restyle your hair after applying, those with fine hair might find the formula too heavy
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- Business Insider 00:45October 23, 2019The best eyelash curlersTinatin1/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Business Insider If perky, lifted lashes are what you seek, then it's time to add an eyelash curler to your makeup bag. With its sleek design, flat surface, and no-pinch curling, the Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler is the absolute best of the bunch. Applying mascara without first curling your lashes is kind of like cooking pasta without first salting the water. Sure, you'll get edible pasta, but it's not going to taste good. Even if you're using a curling mascara, you'll never get the results you'd get with the help of a tool created specifically for the task.
All that said, lash curlers can seem scary to a lot of beauty newbies. Let's be honest — they look like mini medieval torture devices. The idea of placing something made out of metal that close to your eyes is enough to make your skin crawl. What if it pinches? What if you poke yourself in the eye? Or worse, what if you pull out your lashes? Just the thought of using an eyelash curler is exhausting and intimidating.
The trick is to know exactly how to use a lash curler, which is not as difficult as you may think. All you've got to do is gently lay the rounded side of the curler flush against your eyelid so that the top clamp is right above your lashes. Then, gently and slowly pulse the lever two to three times to curl your lashes. If you go slowly, you'll be able to catch yourself before you pinch your eyelid, which is probably what scares people the most about this whole process.
You can curl your lashes both before and after you apply mascara. It's always a good idea to give your lashes a curl ahead of application to get that perfect U-shape and then a second curl after your mascara dries for some more drama — and who doesn't love that?
But just because all lash curlers tend to look the same doesn't mean they're actually the same. They're shaped, sized, and curl differently. So which are the best of the bunch? We've put together the top lash curlers on the market. Your perfect eye makeup look is only one curl away. Here are the best eyelash curlers you can buy in 2019: The best eyelash curler overall: Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler
The best pro-approved eyelash curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
The most versatile eyelash curler: Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
The best curler for hard-to-reach lashes: Preo / Prima Curl Up Japanese Eyelash Curler
The best affordable eyelash curler: Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler Model No. 1034-R Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated formatting, prices, and links.The best eyelash curler overall
Surratt Beauty's Lash Curler has a flat, ergonomic design, and gentle silicone pad that lifts and flares out your lashes, offering the very best curl you can get.
Eyelash curlers have been around for ages, so it's difficult to imagine that a new release would truly change your life. But when Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler hit the market, that's exactly what it did. This jet-black, lightweight curler quickly became a favorite among editors and makeup artists for a multitude of reasons, and it remains a top-seller to this day.
The biggest thing going for this curler is the design. Instead of the typical "U" shape that so many eyelash curlers have, Surratt Beauty's curler has a wider, flatter shape that sits against your lids much more comfortably. That shape also ensures your lids aren't getting snagged in the metal, which is very important when considering the user experience of a makeup tool.
Surratt Beauty's lash curler also boasts finger slots with two loops instead of the typical one. The extra metal ensures that you don't have to apply as much pressure as is necessary with other lash curlers. To use the curler correctly, the folks at Surratt Beauty suggest pumping this beauty three times along your lashes — once at the very base, once in the center of the lashes, and once at the very top. This technique seems to be a winner. Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler has a near-perfect rating across Sephora, Influenster, and Amazon. "So it doesn't matter if you're using the best mascara in the world," one commenter wrote. "If you aren't using this lash curler, you are missing out on a world of gorgeous lashes." The pros agree — This little black tool is regularly spotted in the kits of top makeup artists at Fashion Week and on photo shoots. Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler isn't the cheapest curler on the market. But it will save you money in the long run because it lasts for ages. And as one editor at Refinery29 wrote, proper use of this curler may make you reconsider even using mascara in the first place. Pros: Doesn't pinch your lashes, and is amazing for basically any eye shape. Cons: Not the most budget-friendly curler on the market.
Buy Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler on Amazon for $33.50
Buy the Surratt beauty Relevée Lash Curler from Sephora for $34
The best pro-approved eyelash curler
Shu Uemura's lash curler has a serious cult following with its unique shape and patented hinge, and it's a top pick among professionals.
There is a scene in the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" where Gisele Büdchen, playing a snobby fashion editor, berates the main character for not knowing what the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is. That's some pretty incredible praise for a beauty tool that plenty of folks don't have in their makeup kits. But Shu's gorgeous silver curler more than deserves the cult-following — and the mention in a Meryl Streep movie. Shu's lash curler is a winner for a bunch of reasons. The first is its shape. Instead of a typical U-curve, this lash curler has a more mushroom curve to it. That means you get a closer hug against your lids than other curlers might provide, which lessens the chances of pinching and pulling — especially for those with smaller, rounder eyes. Shu's mushroom shape also holds your lashes in place as you curl, ensuring no wayward lashes accidentally get snagged in the metal. Ouch.
But the best part about Shu's curler is something you might not even notice because it's more technical than aesthetic. This curler has a patented hinge that actually works to ensure you can't press too hard mid-pulse. It's like a mini failsafe. No matter how hard you press, that hinge is going to make sure the pressure is evenly distributed, which cuts down on your chances of pinching. Because of all of this, Shu's curler regularly winds up in the kits of makeup artists, beauty editors, and cosmetics pros across the country. One editor from InStyle has been using this guy for years, claiming that "one or two pumps followed by a coat of mascara kept the curl in place until I washed my face at the end of the day." Buyers agree, too, with one Amazon reviewer raving that "the reviews are NOT wrong. This little gem is amazing." One little snag, though — Shu Uemura has discontinued refills on the silicone pad. And even though this curler's pad is a bit more resilient than others, it does need to be replaced every six months or so, which means you might need to buy a completely new curler. But since the price is right on this tool, that won't hurt all that much. Pros: Patented hinge that distributes pressure, meaning you get gorgeously fanned-out lashes every time.
Cons: No refills available on the silicone pads
Buy the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler on Amazon for $9.99
The most versatile eyelash curler
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
Not every curler is right for every eye shape, but when it comes to versatility, Kevyn Aucoin's curler is a top pick.
One of the hardest parts about shopping for an eyelash curler is figuring out which one is right for you. There are many different eye shapes in the world, which means that not every lash curler is going to work for every shape. But curlers aren't like shoes — you can't just try them on at the beauty counter and hope to find the perfect one that won't snag your eye. So when you're in that situation, what can you do?
The answer? Reach for Kevyn Aucoin's lash curler. You'll know it from its distinctive red silicone pad. What makes this curler so clutch for newbies is its flatter-than-usual shape. Instead of being curved, a shape which immediately disqualifies a whole host of eye shapes from using it, Kevyn Aucoin's flat curler can accommodate larger, wider eyes without missing a single lash. That cuts out a lot of the guesswork for people who aren't all that intimately acquainted with the shapes of their eyes. But beyond the shape, Kevyn Aucoin's eyelash curler also wins for a bunch of other reasons. It's slimmer and less bulky than other curlers, which means there is less metal to snag your sensitive skin on. According to makeup artist Rommy Najor, "it doesn't require a strong pinch to the lash in order to curl the lashes." That means you're keeping things gentle around the eyes, which is always a good idea.
This lash curler has crazy good reviews across websites from Amazon to Nordstrom. "I noticed that the pad seems to be firmer than the others, and that makes all the difference in the world," one reviewer said. Others can't stop raving about how long the curl in their lashes lasts. So if you're just starting out and are looking for a curler you can trust without trying it first, Kevyn Aucoin's is an amazing place to start. Pros: Works on many different eye shapes.
Cons: Since it's got a flat shape, some customers have complained that the lashes don't get as even a curl as happens with other curlers. Buy the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler for $21 at Sephora
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- Business Insider 00:38October 23, 201910 ways artists used makeup to create creepy Halloween optical illusionsthe_wigs_and_makeup/Instagram; vania_sfxmua/Instagram For Halloween, some makeup artists create optical illusion designs that warrant a double take.
A popular method is using body paint to create the effect of negative space — making it appear that body parts are floating in mid-air.
Check out these 10 stunning optical illusion makeup designs that are bound to amp up any Halloween costume.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There's no time like Halloween to experiment with some bold new makeup looks.
For many makeup artists and enthusiasts, crafting the perfect costume also means using simple products like eyeshadow and body paint to create striking optical illusions — giving the impression of floating body parts or lifelike creepy crawlies.
Here are 10 eye-catching photos of stunning makeup designs that embody the spirit of Halloween.This hand looks like it's precariously balanced.
Using black eyeliner, a cream contouring product, and black body paint, one makeup artist created an eerie illusion.
The artist, Vania Moi, told Insider this look took between 30 minutes and one hour to achieve.
Here, a twisted design makes for a similar mind-bending illusion.
Using black eyeshadow and cream contouring products — then taking a photo or standing in an area with a black background — gives the illusion of negative space, said makeup artist Vania Moi.
These creepy crawlies look eerily three-dimensional.
The artist used black, red, and white body paint to create the spiders on herself — plus a white liquid eyeliner to add details to the illustrated arachnids.
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- Business Insider 00:31October 23, 2019The best comforters you can buyComforters keep you extra warm and cozy at night and they can also add a fun splash of color or pattern to your bedroom. Of all the comforters we researched, our top pick is the cozy, comfy, and well-made Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter. When you're shopping for a bed, salespeople will tell you not to skimp on the quality of the bed. After all, you spend eight hours per day in bed – maybe more if you're lucky. That's equal to one-third of your life.
With so much of your time spent in bed, you might as well be warm while you're there. For those times when your significant other won't let you steal body heat, you'll want to make sure you have the best comforter on hand.
A wide variety of comforters are available for a wide range of prices, depending on the type of fill they use, the colors available, the insulation level, the size, and the construction quality. Understanding terms for comforters
When shopping for a comforter, you will encounter a few different pieces of terminology, according to The Wirecutter. Understanding the purpose of each of these terms will help you find a comforter to meet your needs. Baffle box vs. sewn-through: A baffle box comforter is sewn with flexible boxes into the comforter that create pockets. The fill inside the comforter cannot shift out of its box, ensuring the fill remains properly spread throughout the entire area of the comforter. The fill sometimes does shift within its box, though. Meanwhile, a sewn-through comforter has sewing through both the top and bottom layers of the comforter, creating patterns such as diamonds, channels or curved rectangles. The fill does not shift at all with a sewn-through comforter, performing slightly better than a baffle box comforter in terms of keeping the fill spread throughout the comforter.
Duvet vs. comforter: For most comforters and duvets sold in North America, the terms are used interchangeably, as the bedding company Crane & Canopy explains. Technically, a duvet is very similar to a comforter but doesn't have an outer shell, meaning it's usually placed inside a duvet cover. Duvets often are not used with other types of bed linen, such as sheets or blankets, while a comforter is used with those types of bed linen. Some of our picks can also be used with duvet covers.
Fill power: This measures the amount of volume that one ounce of down occupies. A larger fill power number equals a comforter that provides a greater level of insulation. In other words, the comforter with the higher fill power number offers greater warmth without being heavier. Fill powers of around 600 provide average warmth and durability, according to Good Housekeeping. Higher numbers for fill power have greater durability and insulation; lower numbers won't provide as much warmth, which may be desirable in warmer climates or in the summer.
Thread count: Similar to a bed sheet, the thread count in a comforter indicates the number of yarns within an inch of the fabric. Higher thread counts equal finer yarns, which are more comfortable and softer than larger yarns. Because a comforter probably won't be touching your skin, thread count for softness isn't quite as important as with a bed sheet. More importantly for a comforter though, a higher thread count ensures the fill will remain inside the comforter, rather than leaking out through bigger gaps between yarns. Types of fills for comforters The fill used inside the comforter plays a key role in your enjoyment of it, as explained in Sleepedia, Good Housekeeping, and The Wirecutter. Down alternative: If the comforter doesn't use goose down or duck down as a filler, you may see down alternative listed in the specifications. This can include cotton fibers, cotton-polyester blend fibers, and gel fibers. Gel fiber is the most expensive type of down alternative, as it provides the most softness.
Down cluster: The down cluster is the fluffiest portion of a duck feather or goose feather, existing under the main part of the feather. When used in a comforter, it provides greater warmth than the main part of the feather. A comforter manufacturer may list the percentage of down cluster used in the fill in the blanket's specifications. A higher percentage of down cluster equals a higher quality comforter and a higher fill power number.
Duck down: Duck down is a more common fill material used in comforters made in North America than goose down. As a general rule, duck down is not as fluffy as goose down, so it's not found in the highest end comforters as often as goose down.
Goose down: For comforters made in Europe, goose down is the most common fill material. It provides a little more fluff versus duck down on average, although exceptions do occur. Look at the specification list for a particular comforter, and you should see the percentages of the types of fill it contains. Now on to our top picks for the best comforters.
Here are the best comforters you can buy: Best comforter overall: Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter
Best from new bedding brand: Brooklinen Real Goose Down Comforter
Best colorful comforter: The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter
Best affordable comforter: LinenSpa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter
Best luxury comforter: Highland Feather Carmel Hutterite Goose Down Comforter
Best hypoallergenic alternative down comforter: Superior Solid White Down Alternative Comforter
Best goose down comforter: Puredown Real Goose Down Comforter
Best 1,200 thread count comforter: Egyptian Bedding 1200 Thread Count Goose Down Comforter Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. The best comforter overall
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter provides just the right level of warmth at a great price point.
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter will keep you warm and cozy all year round with its 50% goose down filling and baffle stitching. It's not too heavy or too warm, so you can use it most of the year.
Since it's a plain white comforter and it doesn't have the highest thread count at 300, you may want to put it inside a duvet cover. A duvet cover will protect the comforter from staining and losing feathers and it'll also add some color or a fun pattern to your bed. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas.
Additionally, the Topsleepy Luxurious Goose Down Comforter is very easy to clean. Just use lukewarm water to spot clean the comforter and air dry it. A duvet cover will keep it even cleaner and ensure it lasts longer, though.
Should you have any problems with it, Topsleepy says it's guaranteed for 15 years. You can check the instruction book it comes with for information on how to send the comforter back for a refund or exchange. The price is also much more reasonable than most other comforters, making it a good pick for most people.
Pros: Low price point, good construction quality for the money, provides comfort in all types of weather, easy to clean, goose down fill, baffle design keeps down from shifting
Cons: Low thread count allows some fill to escape, only 50% goose down fill
The best from a new bedding brand
The Brooklinen Down Comforter is super luxurious and well made with a 700 fill power and 400 thread count.
If you don't like buying from big-name companies and you'd much prefer checking out a startup, Brooklinen is our favorite new bedding brand. Its down comforter is a great buy. It's hand-made in the Hutterite communities of Northwest Canada, so you know it's high quality. The comforter is filled with a 700 fill power of real white down, making it extra cozy and warm. The fill is covered by a 400 thread count cotton sateen shell that's soft to the touch, just like Brooklinen's sheets, which are among our favorites.
Brooklinen has a lifetime warranty, too, so if you don't like it for whatever reason, the company offers free exchanges or replacements. If the buyer reviews are anything to go by, you will love this comforter. Expert reviewers at Wirecutter love it and name it the best comforter for most people.
Pros: Made in Canada, 700 fill power, real goose down, 400 thread count cover, lifetime warranty, affordable for the quality
The best colorful comforter
The Company Store
The LaCrosse Down Comforter from The Company Store works great in all seasons and it comes in fun color choices.
If you're tired of boring white comforters, The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter is a smart choice. It carries a slightly above average price point, but you'll be able to find just the right shade to go with your bedroom's décor.
You can get the comforter in colors like ivory, russet, bubblegum, walnut, navy, chino, coal, guava, and silver. It has a 250-thread-count combed cotton shell that's Oeko-Tex certified, so you know it's chemical free. It's made with a sewn-through 12-inch box construction that ensures the 100% duck down filling never spills out. If you do want to pop it in a duvet cover, the comforter has corner loops to attach duvets with ties. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas. Additionally, the LaCrosse comforter is machine washable for easy cleaning.
In the Home Construction Improvement review of the LaCrosse comforter, the reviewer appreciated the high-quality sewn through design, as well as its warmth in cold weather. Even though this comforter provides a good deal of warmth with its fill power of 500 to 550, one Amazon customer reviewer found it worked great in summer, too.
Pros: Large number of color options, good option in all kinds of weather, includes loops to keep comforter in place on the bed, high-quality sewn-through design
Cons: Price is a little higher than average
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- Business Insider 00:29October 23, 2019The best hair color kit you can buyL'Oréal Paris/Business Insider Whether you want to go for a bold makeover, stay subtle, or just cover up your gray, L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color gives you at-home hair color that looks just as good as anything you'd get at the salon. I've always been of the philosophy that it's good to have fun with your hair. After all, you can always cut it short, grow it out long, style it in a different way, or change the color if you don't like it or grow tired of it. My hair has been long, short, straight, and curly over the years, along with everything in between. And when it comes to color, I've tried just about all of them: every shade of brown, reds from subtle auburn to fire engine bright, dark blonde, black, burgundy — you name it. Currently, my hair is its natural dark brown towards the back, but a bright blue reminiscent of Marge Simpson in the front. I've been dying it since my teen years, which were more decades ago than I like to admit, and in those many years, I've learned a few things about at-home hair color, including the fact that while you don't have to spend a bundle, the super-cheapies can be rough on your hair, and if your hair is longer than your shoulders, you need two boxes to cover it thoroughly. Other things to keep in mind when considering coloring your hair at home:
You can maintain your current color, go darker, or cover up gray with permanent hair color. What you cannot do is lighten your hair with hair color alone. To go lighter, you'll first need to bleach out the existing color in your hair. The picture on the box is just a guideline — it's not the exact shade you'll get when using the product. Your actual results will vary based on your starting color, whether or not your hair is already chemically processed, how often you color your hair, and your technique when applying the dye.
Hair color is a messy business. While you can usually wipe away color from glazed porcelain surfaces, such as your sink bowl, forget about removing permanent hair color from paint, wallpaper, unglazed tile, carpet, or any other fabric surface. Wrapping an old towel around your shoulders before applying color helps greatly to reduce drips and drops on the floor. If you're a hair-color virgin, you might be overwhelmed when you get your first look at the at-home dye section of your discount store, beauty supply shop, or even the supermarket. There are a lot of brands and product lines out there, all claiming to be the best. That's why, in the name of beauty, we decided to assemble our list of the best at-home hair dyes currently available. And while we really like L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color, you should also check out the other hair products on our list, along with our reasons for choosing them. Here are the best hair color kits to buy in 2019: Best at-home hair color overall: L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color Best semi-permanent hair color: Clairol Natural Instincts
Best 10-minute application: Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color
Best root touch-up color: Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up Kit
Best bright hair color for at-home use: Punky Colour
Best natural hair color: Herbatint Updated 10/22/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best at-home hair color overall
L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color provides natural-looking coverage that's easy to apply. It's also really affordable and easily found in many drugstores.
For several years now, L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color has been my go-to product when I want natural looking hair color. There are several things I love about this permanent at-home dye.
It's available in a wide range of shades from very natural to a little bit out there, it includes not just a single-tip applicator but also comes with a comb applicator that makes it a breeze to color the hair fringing my face, it doesn't run or drip, it does a great job of covering my gray, and it doesn't smell too bad. The kit also includes a pre-color moisturizer that helps the color absorb evenly from roots to ends. TotalBeauty shares my love of Excellence Hair Cream, writing that it provides "long-lasting, silky coverage" that doesn't damage hair and covers grays completely. And with 30 shades to choose from, you're sure to find just the right color for your own hair. Pros: Comb-tip applicator, pre-color moisturizer, excellent selection of colors, reasonable price, not too thin or runny
Cons: Like most at-home colors, results can be darker than anticipated
Buy L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color at Target for $5.99
The best semi-permanent hair color
If you don't want to commit to permanent hair color, but just want to add a temporary dose of color, you can't go wrong with Clairol Natural Instincts.
Semi-permanent hair color contains no ammonia, so it doesn't open your hair shaft the way permanent color does. This means that semi-permanent hair color only coats the outside of each hair shaft. It doesn't penetrate inside the hair shaft like permanent color. As a general rule, semi-permanent hair color lasts for a month or so, washing away a little bit with each shampoo. If you'd like to try out a change of hair color temporarily, want a natural-looking hair color that goes easy on your locks, or just want to add a bit of richness and shine to your hair, Clairol Natural Instincts is the product to reach for. Although it won't cover gray as well as permanent hair color, it does a fine job if you only have a little bit of gray.
Good Housekeeping chose this as a top pick, writing, "We found the at-home dye offered even coverage, left hair shiny, and was fade-resistant when used to just cover up a bit of gray." There are nearly 30 natural-looking colors to choose from. Pros: No ammonia, so the product is easier on your hair and scalp than permanent color; natural looking colors that do a fairly good job of covering gray hair
Cons: As with all semi-permanent hair dye, the color fades and washes out within a few weeks
Buy Clairol Natural Instincts at Walmart for $6.92
The best 10-minute application
If you're in a rush, you can cover up gray hair or improve on your own color in just 10 minutes with Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color.
This is another favorite hair dye of mine. I've used Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color many times over the years, and sampled most of the brown and auburn shades the line offers. It cuts down the tedious waiting period from the typical 25-30 minutes of most permanent hair colors to a mere 10 minutes, but still offers natural, shiny coverage. Ulta buyers rate the product highly. With 1,350 reviews, it has an average of 4.6 stars. Most buyers praise the easy and quick application, the excellent coverage of gray hair, and the shininess of their hair after coloring. On the downside, some complain the product smells bad, and the color selection isn't as good as some other lines — There are only 14 shades, most of which are in the brown family. Pros: Takes less than half the time of regular hair colors
Cons: Strong odor, relatively small selection of colors
Buy Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color at Ulta for $13.49
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- Business Insider 00:29October 23, 2019The best clay masksClay masks are an easy way to give your skin a boost without getting regular facials.
They can clear out pores, removing dirt and oil that can lead to acne.
Our top pick is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask because it's a super affordable and all-natural mask that deep cleans your pores. One of the easiest ways to give your skin some love and care is by using clay masks. This type of skin-care can help clear pores, brighten complexions, and improve skin texture. Perhaps best of all, you can actually see results in a matter of minutes.
But with the overwhelming amount of masks out there, finding the right one for your skin can be daunting. So we researched to find the best clay masks you can buy — whether you're looking for a detoxifying mask or one that helps brighten, these are the clay masks to keep on your radar.
Here are the best clay masks to buy in 2019: Best clay mask overall: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
Best detoxifying clay mask: Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask
Best brightening clay mask: Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask
Best exfoliating clay mask: L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Mask
Best hydrating clay mask: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and formatting. The best clay mask overall
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask is a cult classic because it visibly heals, detoxifies, and smoothes out your skin.
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask is a 100% natural calcium bentonite clay powder that you can mix with apple cider vinegar or water to create a mask. Its natural detoxifying powers have made it a firm favorite among beauty bloggers, industry insiders, and celebrities like Mindy Kaling. Known as the "World's Most Powerful Facial," the mask is made with bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it's sun-dried for up to six months. It's used to help clear acne and blackheads as well as for tightening skin. The all-natural mask features no additives, fragrances, or animal products.
It lived up to the hype when tested by the Insider team, with both testers saying they noticed a difference in their skin after just one use of the "pulsating" mask (some users report a pulling sensation as the mixture hardens). It's one of the highest-rated beauty products on Amazon with a 4.4-star rating from more than 17,000 reviewers — more than 12,000 are full 5-star ratings. A lot of buyers even uploaded before and after photos of their skin, showing off amazing results. Insider Picks reporter Mara Leighton also recommends it highly, above more expensive alternatives.
While having to mix the mask yourself is inconvenient for some, most reviewers think the mask is more than worth the price, as you can buy a 1-pound jar for less than $10 and customize how much or little you use each time.
Pros: Deep cleans skin, tightens pores, affordable, can be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar
Cons: Have to mix it yourself, can be messy
The best detoxifying clay mask
The Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask will leave your skin looking cleaner and clearer without drying it out.
Most of Glossier's products have cult followings — the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask being one of them. It has consistently been one of the most popular products since the line's launch thanks to its main ingredient: a creamy white kaolin clay that draws out impurities. The mask also features vitamin-rich leafy green phytonutrients and superfruit antioxidants that help protect your complexion against skin damage. The avocado oil and aloe hydrate intensely and prevent skin from drying out as the mask hardens.
Editors from Allure said that the mask made their skin look "brighter, smoother, and more awake." It also has a 4.3 out of 5-star rating on Influenster with many of the commenters (more than 1,800 people left reviews) saying it's "super gentle yet effective."
Some reviewers did mention that it caused their skin to be red for a short time after washing off the mask.
Pros: Helps clear out pores, smoothes complexion, moisturizing Cons: Can leave skin red after washing off
The best brightening clay mask
Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask has two compartments — one side brightens while the other clears out and tightens pores.
Although $40 might be pricey for a clay mask you'd wash off in 10 minutes, Tarte's Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask has two different formulas for a whole host of skin-care benefits.
The purple side is made with Amazonian clay to draw out dirt, oil, and grime from clogged pores that can lead to acne and blackheads. It also gently exfoliates but has jojoba, sweet almond, and avocado oils that keep the mask from drying out or being harsh on your skin.
The gold side (which justifies a $40 selfie, IMO) has Amazonian clay as well, but also hyaluronic acid to bring moisture and life back to your skin. You can multitask and use both at the same time on different parts of your face, or use them back to back.
The mask is so effective at cleaning out pores, tightening skin, and revitalizing your complexion that Allure calls it "yoga for your pores." — Jada Wong
Pros: 2-in-1 mask, cleans and exfoliates pores, brightening, hydrating
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- Business Insider 00:26October 23, 201955 celebrities you didn't realize were ScorpiosJamie McCarthy/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac and runs from October 23 through November 22.
Drake, Emma Stone, and Kendall Jenner are all Scorpios.
While Astrology is just for fun and isn't supported by science, keep reading to see 55 celebrities who celebrate their birthdays during Scorpio season.
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Ryan Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976.
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The "Deadpool" star's birthday lands on the first day of Scorpio season, meaning he's actually on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio.
Amandla Stenberg's birthday is October 23.
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The actress was born in 1998.
Drake's birthday lands on October 24.
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The rapper was born in 1986.
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- Business Insider 00:15October 23, 2019NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where every team stands heading into Week 8Doug McSchooler/AP Week 7 of the NFL season was ugly and lopsided, with several blowouts.
A few trends remained, however — the Patriots and 49ers are unbeaten, the Packers and Saints are surging, and the Chiefs and Eagles are moving in the wrong direction.
Here's where all 32 teams stand heading into Week 8.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Week 7 of the NFL season was largely an ugly, sloppy affair.
Six games were decided by 14 or more points, while only three were decided by a touchdown (and extra-point) or less.
In the end, a few general trends continued — the Patriots and 49ers remain unbeaten and dominant, the Packers, Saints, and Vikings continued surging, and teams like the Chiefs and Eagles are going in the wrong direction.
As we head into Week 8, here's where all 32 teams stand in the NFL.32. Cincinnati Bengals
Last week: 31st
Week 7 result: Lost to the Jaguars, 27-17
Week 8 opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams (in London)
One thing to know: For the first time this season, the Bengals have fallen below the Dolphins in our rankings. That's what happens when Andy Dalton throws three fourth-quarter interceptions while the Bengals managed just 33 rushing yards at home.
31. Miami Dolphins
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Last week: 32nd
Week 7 result: Lost to the Bills, 31-21
Week 8 opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers
One thing to know: The Miami Dolphins held the lead at halftime against the Bills. It was the highlight of their season so far. In a cruel twist, the Dolphins' next game will be in primetime on national television when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Monday night.
30. Washington Redskins
Last week: 30th
Week 7 result: Lost to the 49ers, 9-0
Week 8 opponent: at Minnesota Vikings
One thing to know: Washington's Week 8 matchup with the Vikings is a revenge game for many parties: Case Keenum and Adrian Peterson facing their old teams and Kirk Cousins facing his former team.
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- Business Insider 00:09October 23, 2019It's been a record-breaking year for CEO departures. Here are the 28 most dramatic exits.Tomas Bravo/Reuters During the first three quarters of 2019, 1,160 CEOs have left their positions, according to staffing firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas.
This number exceeds the number of CEOs who departed during the same nine-month span at the height of the 2008 recession (which saw 1,132 CEOs departures).
The tech sector has seen the second-highest number of CEO departures, with 154 executives in that industry leaving their positions.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over 1,000 CEOs have stepped down during the first three quarters of 2019, according to a report published by staffing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas — 1,160 executives, to be exact.
Departures within the first nine months of this year have already exceeded the number of CEOs who stepped down during the first three quarters of 2008 (1,132 CEOs), which was the height of the Great Recession. This is also the year with the highest CEO turnover in the first three quarters that Challenger, Gray, and Christmas has seen since the firm began tracking departures in 2002.
The tech sector has the second-highest number of CEO departures at 154 executives — including the high-profile departures of Adam Neumann from WeWork and Kevin Burns from Juul.
On October 22, the heads of Under Armour and Nike both announced within hours of each other that they were stepping down.
Of the 1,160 CEOs who left their positions, 438 remained at their respective companies in different roles, 292 retired, and 103 moved to other companies, according to the report.
Here are the 28 most noteworthy CEO departures of 2019 (so far):28. Wells Fargo — Tim Sloan
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Source: Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan is retiring
27. David's Bridal — Scott Key
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Source: Wall Street Journal
26. Overstock — Patrick Byrne
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Read more: Overstock founder Patrick Byrne was seemingly involved in a web of intrigue that involved a Russian spy and the FBI
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- Business Insider 00:03October 23, 2019The best bath towelsThere's nothing quite like a soft, fluffy towel when stepping out of the shower. You'll look forward to drying off with our top pick, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. This soft, super-absorbent towel is also a great bargain. Nobody is ever happy to step out of the shower, only to reach for a scratchy, thin, nonabsorbent, and too-small bath towel — what a waste of a clean routine to end on an unhappy note like that. Instead, it's a pleasure to dry off with a thick, thirsty, soft, and big-enough-to-cover-everywhere-that-counts bath towel. That's why we've researched the best bath towels for your drying pleasure. Whether you like them overly large, made of organic cotton, in a waffle-weave, or just thick, soft, and luxurious, we've got your new favorite bath towel in our guide. Here are the best bath towels you can buy: Best towel overall: Fieldcrest Spa Towel
Best big towel: Utopia Bath Sheet
Best lightweight towel: Crane & Canopy Fouta Towel
Best waffle weave towel: Waffle Towel from Parachute
Best organic cotton towel: Organic Bath Towel from Boll & Branch
Best colorful towels: Wamsutta's Hygro Duet Bath Towels
Best textured towel with a fun pattern: West Elm's Dashed Lines Sculpted Towels Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best towel overall
So soft, absorbent, and wallet-friendly, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel makes stepping out of the shower a pleasure.
If you're looking for a 100% cotton towel that absorbs water without feeling heavy or "soaked" against your skin, has a plush texture, comes in lots of great colors, and holds up well after years of use, you've met your match with the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. You get all of that quality at a budget price.
You'll find three sizes of towel available at Target: bath sheet (measures 65 x 33 inches), bath towel (measures 56 x 30 inches), and hand towel (30 x 16 inches). All sizes are available in a choice of 15 lovely neutral shades, including a dark gray, cream, mint green, and several soft blue shades. The Fieldcrest towel is a Target exclusive, and more than 800 shoppers have rated it 4.5 stars (out of 5). They like the towel's luxurious feel, plushness, and excellent absorbing capabilities. However, a few buyers complained that the towel didn't absorb water as well as they'd hoped.
Pros: Great price, nice selection of colors, plush and soft, 100% cotton terrycloth
Cons: A few complaints of reduced quality and fading
The best large bath sheet towel
If you like your towels to be extra-large, you'll love the soft and absorbent Utopia Bath Sheet, which measures 35 by 70 inches.
If you like wrapping your bath towel around your entire body, you'll be able to do so and have towel to spare with the Utopia Bath Sheet. This towel is huge at 35 inches wide by 70 inches long. But the size isn't the only great thing about it. It's also made from 100% ring-spun cotton for super-softness along with excellent durability. The hems are double-stitched, so they won't unravel or fray, even after many trips through the wash.
While some Amazon reviewers do comment that the towels are not as thick as they expected, most enjoy the large size and fluffiness. "They shed in the dryer a good bit the first 5 or 6 times you dry them, but after that, they tend to slack off," one buyer wrote.
There are plenty of colors to choose from, including pure black, plum, and dark brown, so you can add comfort and style to your bathroom.
Pros: Huge size, good quality, soft cotton
Cons: Not super-thick
The best lightweight towel
Crane & Canopy
Crane & Canopy's Fouta Towel is lightweight, highly absorbent, dries quickly, and feels wonderful on your skin.
During those hot, humid months when nothing seems to dry, having a lightweight towel is a must. We tried Crane & Canopy's Striped Fouta Towel during the stickiest summer months, and we loved it.
Not only does the 100% Turkish cotton towel dry quickly, but it also feels lightweight and soft on your skin. The light terry cloth interior is highly absorbent and picks up any water or moisture so you dry off quickly. You can machine wash these towels on the gentle cycle, but you should avoid using liquid fabric softener.
There's a cute light fringe along the towel's edges that adds some flair to the design. You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of colors, including coral, yellow, and blue. Crane & Canopy has polka-dotted patterns for you to choose from, too.
You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of sizes, including a washcloth, hand towel, bath towel, and bath sheet. We found the bath towel to be just the right size, but if you like larger towels, the bath sheet is the one for you. Crane & Canopy also sells sets so your entire bathroom can match.
The only real downside to these towels is the price tag of $22 for a bath towel and $34 for a bath sheet. Also, if you want a plush, fluffy towel, these lightweight Turkish cotton ones aren't it, but Crane & Canopy has fluffy towels that are also great. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Absorbent, dries quickly, lightweight, soft, 100% Turkish cotton, cute colors and patterns
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- Business Insider 00:00October 23, 2019A blogger took a flight on a $200 million private jet previously owned by the Qatari royal family, and had the entire plane to himselfCourtesy of SamChui.com Aviation blogger Sam Chui had the flight of a lifetime aboard a luxurious private jet that was owned by the Qatari royal family.
He flew four hours from Hamilton, Canada, to Marana, Arizona, as the sole passenger.
The plane has a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a dining room, conference room, and an office, among other amenities.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Aviation blogger Sam Chui didn't have to think twice when he got a last-minute invitation to fly on a private jet formerly owned by the Qatari royal family.
In Mauritius, Africa, at the time, he flew to Paris, then Toronto, spending 32 hours in transit to make it happen. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance," he told Insider.
Exploring the luxurious plane from nose to tail, he said it felt "like a dream," and like being inside a "flying palace."
Chui was the only passenger on the flight, which went from Hamilton, Canada, to Marana, Arizona. The plane had been in Canada for just over a year, and was getting sent for a maintenance check in order to find a potential new buyer.
Keep scrolling to take a tour of the luxurious private jet.The plane is a 747-SP – the "SP" stands for "special performance."
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This one was built in 1979, and used by Pan Am before being sold to United in 1986. It was used by the Qatari royal family from 1995 to 2018.
Chui says the plane is very rare, and estimates that only around five are still actively in use — one used for reasearch by NASA, the rest owned by Middle Eastern heads of state.
Having belonged to royals, the private jet features no shortage of luxe details.
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"The décor was very Middle Eastern, very golden, very palatial," he said. "Not to everyone's taste, but very grand, and will have you wowed."
Like this gold sink.
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"Everything on the plane is just luxury!" Chui exclaims in the video tour.
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- Business Insider 23:42October 22, 2019The best bean bag chairs The bean bag chair has been a mainstay of the college dorm, the kids' bedroom, and the family den for years. These anatomic seats conform to your body to give a unique blend of support and comfort.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair is our top pick because it has the softness of a bean bag chair with some of the structure of a standard chair. If you went to college any time in the last few decades, chances are you spent a good portion of your time nestled in a friend's bean bag chair while hanging out in his or her dorm room. And if that's not accurate, then you were the bean bag chair owner and it was to your room that friends flocked for the chance to flop in comfort. The first recognizable bean bag chair was created by a group of Italian designers in the late 1960s, and people have been enjoying them ever since.
Although comfort is the primary reason for the popularity of the bean bag chair, there is also something to be said for the low price. Many bean bag chairs cost a fraction of the price of that textbook you need for a history seminar, so for college students or anyone else watching the budget, a cheap seat that's actually comfortable is a great find. They are also a great choice for the dorm room as one usually doesn't buy forever furniture for a space they will occupy for a couple of semesters at most.
Our guide features several bean bag chairs that are perfect for the dorm or apartment, as well as an option that could, in fact, be forever furniture. We also included a bean bag chair just for the kids as well as one perfect for the couple that wants to sit and snuggle or for the friends who want to lounge together while watching a show or playing a game. You'll surely find the perfect chair to settle yourself into. Just remember that getting up is a lot harder than sitting down.
Here are the best bean bag chairs you can buy: Best bean bag chair overall: Big Joe Aloha Chair
Best affordable bean bag chair: Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair
Best high-end bean bag chair: Tuft & Needle Pouch
Best large bean bag chair: Great Deal Furniture David Bean Bag Lounger
Best bean bag chair for kids: GoMoji Emoji Kids Bean Bag Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best bean bag chair overall
The Big Joe Aloha Chair lets you sink in and snuggle, yet it maintains a chair's shape, helping you sit upright without effort.
Bean bag chairs are incredibly comfortable as long as you're OK with adopting an effectively recumbent position. If you want to sit upright on a bean bag chair, whether for typing or eating, to name two examples, you have to support yourself with your core as there is no appreciable backrest. That is, unless you got the chair-shaped Big Joe Aloha Chair. It's a soft, stuffed seat that maintains its chair configuration even while cradling your carriage with tens of thousands of beads of proprietary Ultimax filling.
This is a great bean bag chair for the college kid who needs a place to relax when it's time to chill but can sit upright to use a laptop, read a book, or take part in a study session when it's time to get some work done. And thanks to that carrying handle built into the seatback, it's easy to move the Aloha bean bag chair around the room or down the hall to a buddy's room. If the chair ever loses some of its fluff, you can unzip it and add more filling. And the filling is made from 80% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable itself. As a former Big Joe bean bag chair owner, I never had any issue with the fill packing down too much.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair currently enjoys a 4.1-star average rating on Amazon, with one owner calling it "perfect for me" and loving how well it "holds its shape" during use. Another said she was "so impressed with this chair," as were her kids. And a writer from Ezvid.com noted how Big Joe bean bag chairs offer "structured back and arm support."
Pros: Offers support and holds its shape, eco-friendly materials, built-in carrying handle
Cons: Too small for larger adults
The best low-cost bean bag chair
Bed bath & Beyond
The Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair is soft and fluffy and large enough for an adult, yet its price tag is small enough to where you can let the kids treat it roughly.
When you picture a bean bag chair, it probably looks just like the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair. In other words, it's a big amorphous blob, a blob that in this case comes in five different colors and has a soft faux-suede exterior and is filled with little polystyrene beads. When you sit down on (or in, really) this bean bag chair, you'll be pleased to find that it feels just like you expect, too.
And that's almost all there is to say about the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair, really. It's soft and comfortable, it's big enough for an adult, and it comes in a few colors. Oh, right. The price. At less than $40, this is far and away the lowest cost adult-sized bean bag chair in our guide. In fact, it costs half as much as the next cheapest option. And that sits well with lots of shoppers, if you'll pardon my amazing pun.
Many of those customers sounded off on Bed Bath & Beyond's website, with one owner calling the bean bag chair a "great size and quality," while another said it was "fantastic" and appreciated that the chair was "comfortable and adjustable" simply by pouring out some of the beans and/or adding more back in. You can buy more filler "beans" separately.
Pros: Great low price, comes in several colors, tear-resistant material
Cons: Too small for some larger adults
The best high-end bean bag chair
Tuft & Needle
The Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair is made using materials that will last for years and with design elements that will complement almost any living space.
The average bean bag chair is only a part of our lives for a few years at most. Maybe it was a prized part of the playroom in childhood or a constant companion in the corner of the dorm room in college, but more often than not, it's the bean bag chair that gets the boot during a move, a room redecoration, or when its seam splits open and spills little bits of polystyrene all over the place.
With the Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair, none of that is going to happen. First, this meticulously well-made quilted cover and durable interior sack are not going to tear unless you stab the thing with a knife, which you really should avoid doing. And second, you're not going to toss this bean bag chair whether you're refreshing a room or moving across the country. This is high-quality commitment furniture, and it comes with a commensurate price tag.
The Pouch has a soft, textured quilting on much of the exterior, making it a comfortable and eye-catching seat. It's large enough for a couple to share if they're fine with intimacy or for a parent to use with child on lap, but this bean bag chair is at its best when a single adult sinks in for a good long sit. And to give you an idea of its quality, the chair is backed by a three-year warranty!
Connie Chen on our Insider Picks team tested it out and was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked it.
"I live in a fourth floor walk-up, so when I stumble up the narrow stairways carrying heavy packages — like giant, 73-pound bean bag chairs — the only thought going through my head is, 'This better be worth it,'" Connie wrote. "After many days of the most comfortable lounging, relaxing, and napping in Tuft & Needle's new Pouch, the giant bean bag chair in question, I'm now certain the effort was worth it."
A product tester from WanderWithWonder called the Pouch " big enough to fit a grown adult or several kids," while a writer from GoodbyeNormal loved that its "cover is completely removable and machine washable."
Pros: Stylish and comfortable, superior construction, machine washable cover
Cons: Very expensive
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- Business Insider 23:41October 22, 2019World on fire: Here are all the major protests happening around the globe right nowReuters/Pablo Sanhueza Protests can be a powerful political tool for enacting change.
Currently, protests are happening in places like Hong Kong, Chile, and France, to name a few.
Despite each demonstration stemming from vastly different issues, many have common threads: citizens want to express their discontent with their current governments, from the "yellow vest" protests in Paris to Indonesian protests against a draconian criminal code.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. From the Civil Rights Movement's the March on Washington to the early 2000s Arab Spring, protests have left powerful marks upon the world.
Historically, protests have served as an outlet for marginalized groups to articulate their frustrations — and make their demands known. One such example is New York's Stonewall riots, which kicked off the modern Pride movement and mainstream LGBTQ visibility.
Read more: Here are 10 of the most impactful strikes in history — for better or worse.
Today, protests like the Global Climate Strike and Hong Kong's ongoing mass protests are calls for politicians to change their policies. The climate strike, for example, drew over 6 million protesters around the world, making it the biggest demonstration against climate change in history.
Here are the protests currently happening around the world.
Ivan De Luce contributed to a previous version of this article.In Hong Kong, a new extradition law sparked protests back in June, but the conflict is escalating.
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Tens of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating in the streets of Hong Kong since June. The protest started as a rallying cry against a new law that would try Hong Kong residents in mainland China, but has since become a pro-democracy movement.
Protesters have thrown petrol bombs, rocks, and acid at police, who in turn have sprayed tear gas. The protests reached a new level of violence after police shot one protester in the chest in early October, the first use of live rounds during the conflict.
The conflict drew increased visibility in the US after NBA executive Daryl Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong, drawing ire from the basketball organization and players like LeBron James.
Protesters are defying authorities by wearing "illegal" face masks and flocking to the streets chanting protest anthems.
Read more: The 2019 Hong Kong protests, explained in 30 seconds
A criminal code in Indonesia led to protests against its draconian laws, and the president's second term faces ongoing dissent.
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Last month, thousands of protesters in Jakarta clashed with police after a new criminal code was announced. The code would outlaw sex outside of marriage and set a jail sentence of six months for unmarried couples living together, among other laws.
Indonesian police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters, most of whom were students. As a result of the protests, the Indonesian parliament delayed a vote on approving the code.
The protests were the largest since 1998, which led to the toppling of Indonesian president Suharto.
President Joko Widodo was inaugurated for his second term last weekend; The New York Times reported that protests were prohibited during the inauguration.
Widodo faces ongoing dissent going into his second term, with debate over the code ongoing and widespread pushback to laws that may weaken the country's anti-corruption commission.
In the Netherlands, thousands of Dutch farmers continue to clog highways with their tractors.
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On October 15, Reuters reported that Dutch police closed off The Hague's central parliament square to protesting farmers on tractors — the third such recent protest.
The army supported authorities in blockading main routes to Parliament with large vehicles.
Dutch highways were first jammed with thousands of farmers driving their tractors to The Hague on October 1.
They came to protest claims from members of Dutch parliament that agriculture was responsible for high emissions, and that some cattle farms should be shut down. The farmers, in turn, said that the aviation industry was responsible for high emissions, but wasn't getting the same share of blame.
According to Dutch automobile association ANWB, over 700 miles of traffic plagued Dutch roads at the peak of rush hour as the tractors descended on The Hague.
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- Business Insider 23:33October 22, 2019These 10 countries have minted the most new millionaires in 2019Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images The US, Japan, and China topped the list of countries with the most new millionaires in 2019, according to a new wealth report from Credit Suisse.
The US added 675,000 of the world's 1,146,000 new adult millionaires this year, the analysts found.
Australia, the UK, and Turkey saw the biggest declines in their millionaire population.
Here are the 10 countries with the biggest jumps in millionaire population, according to Credit Suisse.
Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. More than half of 2019's newly minted millionaires are based in the US, according to a new wealth report from Credit Suisse.
The bank's analysts estimated that roughly 1,146,000 adults became millionaires in 2019, bringing the global total to 46.8 million. The US added 675,000 millionaires over the last year, more than any other nation. Japan and China landed in second and third place, respectively.
The nations that saw the biggest decrease in millionaires were Australia, the UK, and Turkey.
Here are the 10 nations that added the most adult millionaires in 2019, according to Credit Suisse. The analysts used US dollars to measure wealth, and the countries are listed in increasing order of new millionaires.
Read more: A new McKinsey report says that it's a 'do or die moment' for many banks. Here's how they need to disrupt themselves to survive.10. Switzerland
Millionaires in 2019: 810,000
Millionaires added in the last year: 19,000
Millionaires in 2019: 1,322,000
Millionaires added in the last year: 30,000
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Millionaires in 2019: 979,000
Millionaires added in the last year: 33,000
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- Business Insider 23:30October 22, 201915 mind-blowing facts about Halloween candy consumption in the USShutterstock/Leena Robinson With Halloween fast approaching, Americans are gearing up for the holiday, purchasing costumes, hanging up decorations, and most importantly, stocking up on candy.
According to the National Retail Federation's seasonal trends report, more than 160 million Americans are going to buy candy for Halloween this year.
Read on for 15 mind-blowing facts about Halloween candy consumption in the US.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Halloween is just around the corner, and this year Americans are predicted to spend nearly $2.6 billion on candy alone.
Each year, Americans flock to supermarkets and convenience stores to buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. The National Retail Federation's seasonal trends report estimates that more than 160 million Americans will buy candy for Halloween this year.
Read more: 23 photos that show how Halloween is celebrated at the White House
A look at the numbers shows that Americans' relationship with candy on Halloween is truly mind-blowing, from the amount of candy the average trick-or-treater collects to the staggering amount of candy corn that gets sold every fall.
Keep reading for more surprising facts about candy this Halloween season.Children would have to play for two days straight to burn off the calories in the average amount of candy collected on Halloween.
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According to Donna Arnett, head of the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, the average Halloween candy haul contains between 3,500 and 7,000 calories.
Arnett told United Press International that it would take a 100-pound child 44 hours of walking or 14.5 hours of playing full-court basketball to burn off the average amount of calories in candy collected on Halloween.
The blog Daily Burn estimated that a standard pillowcase can hold over 1,600 pieces of candy when fully stuffed.
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According to the Daily Burn, a standard pillowcase can hold 1,690 pieces of candy.
Studies show that kids can consume up to three cups of sugar eating Halloween candy. This equals almost 169 sugar cubes.
Fortune reported the "dangerous" amount of sugar consumed by kids on Halloween — three cups of sugar in 7,000 calories of candy.
"For context: That's 675 grams of sugar, or the same as chomping down almost 169 standard sugar cubes," according to a Fortune article published in 2017.
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- Business Insider 23:29October 22, 2019The best self-tannersTan Luxe/Facebook/Business Insider Self-tanners are a quick and easy way to give yourself a sun-kissed look without subjecting your skin to the sun's harmful UV rays.
Our top pick is the Fake Bake Self-Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless because it is a highly-rated self-tanner that dries quickly and streak-free, leaving you with a flawless glow. Now that we all know how dangerous UV rays can be, the days of laying out in the sun working on our tans have been replaced with sitting under umbrellas applying sunscreen with a high SPF rating. Thankfully for those of us who still like a bronzed look, you can safely make your skin look sun-kissed with a good self-tanner. While self-tanners have been around for a while now, they can still get a bad rap. It's probably because in the past, finding an option that left you with a golden glow and not an orange streaky mess was difficult to find. Thankfully beauty brands are now producing innovative new self-tanning formulas that make the application process practically foolproof. This summer's crop of self-tanning mousses, mists, and lotions are formatted to provide sleek and natural-looking results.
Whether you're looking to give yourself the deep tan or just want your skin to look slightly sun-kissed, we've got you covered. We did the research to find the best self-tanners available.
Here are the best self-tanners you can buy: Best self-tanner overall: Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless
Best self-tanning mousse: St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
Best self-tanning mist: Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist
Best self-tanner for your face: Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self Tan Drops
Best drugstore self-tanner: Banana Boat Self Tanning Sunless Lotion Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated links, formatting, and prices. The best self tanner overall
Want a natural-looking self-tanner that absorbs quickly and is easy to apply? Try the Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless spray.
The Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless is a non-sticky self-tanning spray that you apply with the included tanning mitt. Just spritz the product on the professional mitt before stroking it into your skin for a perfectly even tan that develops between 4 to 6 hours. The self-tanner is made with naturally-derived tanning agents that work to enhance your skin's unique pigments meaning you'll be left with a natural-looking glow every time. It also has a nice tropical smell, unlike other self-tanners that smell very chemically. The product works well on all skin types and skin tones and is made with no artificial preservatives or parabens. It is one of the most popular self tanners around with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating on Influenster. Fake Bake is also a best seller on Amazon where more than 6,300 shoppers give it a 4.3-star average rating. One reviewer named Trish wrote, "Best stuff on the market. Period. I have ordered this stuff multiple times and will never go back to using anything else. I have never used a tanning product that dries in two minutes and I can get dressed and go right away. Not sticky, not stinky, not streaky. I would give this product 100 stars-- the creator is a genius!"
Some buyers noted they had some issue with the spray bottle leaking, so be sure to keep it upright while using it to avoid any unwanted spillage. Pros: Affordable, comes with a mitt, easy to use, dries quickly, nice smell, natural glow
Cons: Can leak if not careful
Buy the Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless on Amazon for $20
The best self-tanning mousse
The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is a lightweight self-tanning mousse that enhances your natural skin tone.
The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is a long-lasting foam self-tanner that helps users achieve natural and healthy-looking tan. The mousse is formulated to dry quickly without leaving blotches or a sticky residue. Unlike other mousses, St. Tropez's stays foamy while you spread it on your skin, rather than turning into a runny liquid that will streak. The mousse is tinted to help you see which areas you may have missed, ensuring a near foolproof application. To achieve the perfect streak-free tan, the company does suggest you exfoliate 24 hours prior to using the mousse. The self-tanner is made with hydrating properties to keep skin looking and feeling smooth and moisturized after the application. This beloved product has won an Allure Best of Beauty Award seven times and has a 4.5-star rating on Ulta with 91% of buyers saying they would recommend it to a friend. One shopper named Kay wrote, "Now that I don't tan as much and have been trying to avoid the tanning bed I needed something that would give me a nice healthy tan but still look good and St. Tropez has done the job. I tried cheaper brands such as St. Mortiz? And it wasn't nearly as good as St. Tropez. The price is steep but with this you actually get what you pay for. It works so well gives such a natural streak-free tan and doesn't look fake. I love it."
Many reviewers noted that it works best when used with the brand's tanning mitt, which you, unfortunately, have to buy separately for $6.50. Pros: Dries quickly, moisturizing, natural and healthy-looking tan, not sticky
Cons: Expensive, tanning mitt sold separately
Buy the St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse at Ulta for $42
The best self-tanning mist
The Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist is an organic self-tanner that produces a buildable natural-looking tan that lasts up to three days.
If you prefer to buy eco-friendly products, give the Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist a try. The easy to use tanner is formulated with a mix of argan oil, vitamin C, hibiscus, and chamomile extract to leave skin looking hydrated and glowing. While other self-tanners can have a complicated application process, with Coola's mist all you need to do is spritz it on and gently rub it in. Allure editor, Lexi Novak was pleasantly surprised when she tested the product without exfoliating or prepping with a barrier cream.
She noted that the clear, fine spray dried quickly and didn't feel sticky at all. She was also impressed that it didn't leave any residue or stains behind on her sheets after a night spent sleeping with the self-tanner on her skin.
Coola's self-tanner has a Clean at Sephora seal, which means it's made without the ingredients shoppers told Sephora they'd like to avoid. It has more than 6,700 loves and a 4.5-star rating on the site. One Sephora shopper raved, "Self-tanners are usually hit or miss, and this one is hands down one of my favorites yet. The product goes on easily, smells good and isn't tough to smooth around to get an even finish. It also is easy to apply minimally and progressively over time, helping maintain a tan that is realistic and even. Definitely a good addition to any bronze junkie!"
A few customers did complain about how much the 3.4 fl oz bottle cost, but most said it was worth the price.
Pros: Easy to use, hydrating, doesn't stain clothes or sheets, little to no prep, organic
Buy the Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist at Sephora for $46
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- Business Insider 23:21October 22, 2019LeBron James has played with many former All-Stars who were past their primes when they joined forces. Here are all 15, rankedJason Miller/Getty Images LeBron James has played with numerous star players who were past their primes when they joined forces.
Some of those players were former All-Stars who were acquired by management to help out James, while others were aging veterans chasing a championship ring on James' teams.
We ranked each of those past-their-prime All-Stars by who was the best player in their peak years.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James is sometimes credited with beginning the "super-team" era by joining forces with fellow All-Stars. But the list of stars players who joined James' teams long after their best years were over is far longer.
Some of those players were former stars acquired by management to give James some help on the court, while others were ring-chasing veterans, hoping for one last shot at a championship.
James' Lakers team has two such players — Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard. Both players were All-Stars who competed against James Cavs in the 2000s. Now they play together.
From Wally Szczerbiak to Ray allen to Shaquille O'Neal, take a look at our rankings of James' past-their-primes All-Star teammates. Each player was ranked by their total careers, not just their time with James.15. Wally Szczerbiak
All-Star seasons: 1 — 2001-02
Years with LeBron: 2 — 2007-2009
Career stats: 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 48.5% FG, 40.6% 3FG
Other awards: none
One thing to know: Wally Szczerbiak was a valuable veteran addition to the Cavs in 2007, but he averaged just 7 points per game in his two seasons alongside LeBron James. In his prime, he would have been a sharp-shooting wing and secondary scorer that would have thrived with the looks James created for him. He retired after the 2008-09 season.
14. Juwan Howard
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All-Star seasons: 1 — 1995-96
Years with LeBron: 3 — 2010-2013
Career stats: 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 46.9% FG
Other awards: All-NBA (1995-96)
One thing to know: Howard's best years came well before James entered the NBA, but he was nonetheless a solid presence at power forward and small-ball center for much of his career. He and James didn't end up playing together until 2010 when James joined the Heat and Howard was in his final playing days. Howard later worked with the Heat as an assistant coach.
13. Jerry Stackhouse
All-Star seasons: 2 — 1999-00, 2000-01
Years with LeBron: 1 — 2010-11
Career stats: 16.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 40.9% FG, 30.9% 3FG
Other awards: none
One thing to know: Stackhouse was once an athletic scorer and tough defender. He averaged almost 30 points per game in 2000-01, just three seasons before James entered the league. The two didn't team up until 10 years later, and only briefly, as the Heat waived Stackhouse after a month.
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- Business Insider 23:13October 22, 201935 things from the '90s that are worth a fortune todayJames Leynse/Corbis/Getty Images If you happen to find certain rare Pokémon or baseball cards in your attic, you could potentially be thousands of dollars richer.
From your old Game Boy to Beanie Babies and American Girl dolls, there's a decent amount of money to be made from your '90s relics.
Here are 35 things from the '90s that are worth a fortune today.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You might want to check out your old baseball cards or sift through those boxes in your attic, because many toys, books, and collectibles from the '90s could be worth a fortune today.
Read more: A family feud over a $400 million trust fund, a massive fortune that left one heiress with an inferiority complex, and a sprawling media empire. Meet the Disney family.
While some American Girl dolls or My Little Pony toys can be worth hundreds of dollars, a specific "Harry Potter" first edition could be worth around $55,000.
Here are 35 things from the '90s that are worth a fortune today.A "Harry Potter" first edition could be worth more than $50,000.
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Original "Harry Potter" books from the 1990s could earn you a galleon or two. Hardcover first editions of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contain the print line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" are worth up to $55,000. Though that sum is specifically for the British version of the book, American editions can also make you a nice sum of cash. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" — the American version — can be worth up to $6,500 if it has the print line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02" located on the copyright page.
McDonald's Happy Meal toys could be worth a nice bit of money.
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McDonald's Happy Meals have been beloved by children of all ages across generations — mainly for the small plastic toy found in each and every smiling red box. However, old McDonald's Happy Meal toys might just make you smile even wider as an adult. Happy Meal Changeables toys have sold for between $20 to $140, depending on the condition and completeness of the set. One of the most valuable Happy Meal toys, "Inspector Gadget" from 1995, could fetch you around $350.
Collectible Barbie dolls are some of the most valuable '90s toys.
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There are a number of collectible Barbie dolls from the '90s that could earn you a nice chunk of change. This "Barbie Loves Elvis" collector's doll set from 1997 is currently being sold for $149 on eBay. A "Jeweled Splendor" Barbie usually goes for around $150, while a Pink Splendor Barbie has sold for a whopping $1,000.
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- Business Insider 23:02October 22, 2019The best makeup mirrors you can buyShutterstock You don't have to do your makeup in bad lighting.
The Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is our top makeup mirror pick for its sleek, attractive design and simple functionality. It does what you need it to do, without any complicated extras. Getting a dedicated makeup mirror has to be one of the top five decisions I've ever made. Or, rather, that my mom made for me, since she bought me one, presumably after getting sick of hearing me endlessly complain that my bedroom was too dark for effectively drawing on eyeliner. Thanks, mom!
Now that I've gone over to the light (up mirror) side, I will not be turning back, and I suggest you follow my lead. It's a real getting ready game-changer, especially if your living quarters leave much to be desired as far as lighting goes. Makeup mirrors exist on a spectrum from very basic to rather high-tech, but most of the best ones have lighting and magnification options that make creating the perfect smokey eye or chiseled contour a total breeze.
If you don't care about zooming in close enough to see every single pore on the surface of your face, you can probably opt for a simpler design, while people who love elaborate makeup looks might want a model with a few additional features.
We've done the research to find the best makeup mirrors that beauty experts and shoppers agree are the best money can buy.
Here are the best makeup mirrors you can buy: Best makeup mirror overall: Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror
Best tri-fold makeup mirror: Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror
Best on-the-go makeup mirror: HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror
Best makeup mirror for techies: iHome Reflect iCVBT2 Adjustable Vanity Mirror
Best makeup mirror for true makeup aficionados: Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated formatting, links, and prices.
The best makeup mirror overall
The Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is perfect for your everyday makeup needs, with its two-sided mirror encircled by a bright light.
Conair's Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is ideal for a fan of the Classics. It's like the peanut butter and jelly of makeup mirrors — nothing over-the-top, but perfectly functional and satisfying. It does the job, and it does the job well, but without all the bells and whistles some of the more tech-savvy versions offer.
As the name suggests, this mirror is double-sided, with one side featuring a 7x magnification that allows you get to real intimate with your epidermis. I personally find the magnification on these kinds of mirrors most helpful for tweezing my eyebrows and reminding me of my own mortality by pointing out fine lines I didn't know I had. Best Products named the Conair mirror their number one pick for best lighted mirror. It's also a fan-favorite, with more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. One reviewer writes, "Awesome mirror! It's just the right size, and the lighting is perfect. Having lighting on both sides is great." The mirror comes in several finishes, including "oiled bronze" and "polished chrome," and the oval shape gives it a vintage vibe that makes it a little prettier than some of the other options in our guide. Buyers' main complaint seems to be about the longevity of the light itself, which is powered by a bulb rather than a battery. Pros: Nice vintage design, lights on both sides, 7x magnification, comes in several finishes
Cons: Requires a bulb, only has one light intensity
Buy the Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $37 to $134
The best tri-fold makeup mirror
The Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror shows your makeup in different lighting so you can avoid any awkward foundation-blending mishaps.
In my past life as an office worker, I often left the house feeling pretty good about my face situation, only to be greeted on my first trip to the office bathroom by a raccoon-eyed swamp creature in the mirror. If you found yourself nodding along in recognition as you read that last sentence, the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror might be for you.
With four adjustable settings — daytime, nighttime, home, and office — you can see your makeup in all sorts of lighting, it's perfect for the woman who is always bouncing from the work to spin class to drinks with friends. The tri-fold mirror design allows you to look at your face from every angle, so you can avoid that moment when you look in the mirror and realize you've been walking around with unblended bronzer for five hours. But just don't take my word for it. New York Magazine's The Strategist named the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror one of the best vanity mirrors on Amazon, where it currently boasts a 4.2-star rating based on 2,500 reviews. Other notable features of the mirror include an electrical outlet for plugging in devices and an adjustable base that lets you find the perfect height.
Pros: Four different light settings for various environments, panoramic tri-fold mirror, highly customizable Cons: Clunky design, not as attractive as other options Buy the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $34
The best on-the-go makeup mirror
The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is perfect for late sleepers who commute first and get ready later.
Do you hit snooze until the last possible second in the morning? The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is a great pick for anyone who applies their makeup after they get to work. After all, you don't want to rely on fluorescent office lights alone to help you blend your eye shadow.
This mirror comes recommended by The Cut's Ashley Weatherford, who describes its 5 x 3.3 x 0.4-inch size as "thinner than a CD case and barely the size of your hand." This mirror is perfect for tossing in your purse, briefcase, filing cabinet, or glove compartment. It also folds in half for easy portability. The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is clearly designed to go places.
Features-wise, it's pretty bare bones. You get eight LED lights that you can dim and two mirrors, one with 2x magnification. The compact also comes with four batteries, so you can get to using it immediately. If that's all you need, this is a solid and affordable choice, but if you want something a bit more in-depth, it probably won't be the right fit. Pros: Perfect for travel or carrying on-the-go, regular and magnified mirror options, affordable, comes with batteries (plus an extra set)
Cons: Doesn't have many additional features
Buy the HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $15
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- Business Insider 22:54October 22, 2019Every single Ryan Reynolds movie, rankedSummit Entertainment/20th Century Fox/Universal Pictures Ryan Reynolds is a film actor mainly known for his work in comedies, action movies, and superhero films.
"Mississippi Grind" (2015) and "Adventureland" (2009) currently stand as his highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, per critics.
On the other hand, his films like "R.I.P.D." (2013) and "Self/less" (2015) generally weren't well-received by critics.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Best known for portraying the smart-talking vigilante Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has taken on a wide range of roles throughout his career, starring in everything from dramas to video-game adaptations.
But despite his popularity as an actor, not all of his movies have been a hit with film critics.
Here is every movie Ryan Reynolds has ever been in, ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Note: Films without critical ratings were not included. All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.Reynolds' lowest-ranked film is the action-comedy "R.I.P.D." (2013).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%
Synopsis: In the action-comedy "R.I.P.D." the detectives in the Rest in Peace Department are sanctioned with protecting living souls against monstrous entities.
Young cop Nick Walker (Reynolds) is paired up with veteran detective Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as they grapple with otherworldly enemies.
The actor played young Damian in "Self/less" (2015).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%
Synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller "Self/less," a wealthy man named Damien (Ben Kingsley) transports his consciousness into a healthier, younger body (Reynolds) in order to survive his cancer diagnosis. But the mystery surrounding the donor's death sends Damien on a dark quest for answers.
Reynolds was Van Wilder in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" (2002).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%
Synopsis: The raunchy college comedy "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" stars Reynolds as the titular character.
Cut off from his family's vast wealth, Van Wilder takes advantage of younger college students with money-making schemes that catch the attention of student reporter Gwen (Tara Reid).
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best dinnerware sets you can buyHigh-quality dinnerware sets are resistant to scratching and chipping, can go in the dishwasher and microwave, and are appealing to the eye.
The Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is our top pick because it's cost-effective, durable, and there are several attractive styles and designs to choose from. The right dinnerware set has a profound impact on how you enjoy a meal. If the plates are mixed and matched across place settings, the food may seem similarly disjointed. However, a sophisticated, uniform table setting suggests an attention to detail that diners will also recognize in the dishes you serve. Consequently, a top-quality dinnerware set is a must for any home chef who takes pride in entertaining guests or preparing delicious meals for their family.
The main considerations when shopping for dinnerware are durability and aesthetic appeal. Bone china, porcelain, and china are the most popular materials. Named after the country where porcelain making originated, china is an all-encompassing term for vitreous ceramic dinnerware. China is brittle, glassy, and does not absorb water well. Porcelain is a subset of china made from quartz, feldspar, and clay and heated in a kiln. Bone china gets its name from the calcified bone included in its composition. This makes it lightweight and surprisingly strong. It's also usually more expensive.
As far as appearances go, beautiful designs may seem like an attractive alternative. But, you should remember that you will likely use your dinnerware for decades to come. Designs that seem hip today may appear dated in 10 years. Therefore, consider all-white dinnerware or styles that have been popular for generations.
While researching the best dinnerware, we poured through hundreds of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of countless sets. Our guide features sets that have a history of durability, are excellent for everyday use, and have a timeless look.
Here are the best dinnerware sets you can buy: Best dinnerware set overall: Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set
Best all-white dinnerware set: Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware
Best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set: Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting
Best heavy-duty dinnerware set: Brasserie All-White Dinnerware Place Settings
Best affordable dinnerware set: AmazonBasics Dinnerware Set Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices and links.The best dinnerware set overall
If you are looking for a cost-effective and durable dinnerware set with colorful designs, the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is your best bet.
What makes the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set special is that it's made of durable stoneware and comes in a variety of colors and designs. The stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe, though the plate can get quite hot when microwaved so handle with care. The set comes with four 4-piece place settings. Each setting includes a dinner plate, dessert plate, mug, and bowl. You can choose from 10 different styles, including Red, Casa Estebana, Lewisville Teal, and Madame Floral. Red is the most affordable and popular style, and each piece actually features several different colors in addition to red. The shapes of the pieces vary drastically between styles. For example, the Madame Floral plates and bowls are square shaped, which can add a contemporary look to your dining room.
Best Products, God of Smile, and No Place Called Home all recommend the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set. The reviewer at Best Products found the colors to be particularly vibrant and mentioned that this casual set worked best for quick weeknight family meals.
About 83% of the Amazon buyers who reviewed the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set gave it four or five stars. One of the most common comments from buyers is that the plates are heavy duty and can stand up to the clumsiest of families without chipping. Others note that all of the pieces seem to have a functional size: not too small, not too big. People also found the colors to be pretty and vibrant. However, there were a couple of complaints about the pieces having slightly different coloration within the same set. Pros: Durable, affordable, colorful designs
Cons: Reports of inconsistent coloration
The best all-white dinnerware set
Fitz & Floyd
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is ideal for buyers looking for a bone china set that is elegant for formal use but not too fancy for daily use.
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is the only set in our guide made of high-quality bone china. Why does this matter? The 50% bone ash makeup of this set makes it more pliable, lighter, and thinner. It's also less likely to chip than standard porcelain. The bright white hue of the pieces evokes cleanliness. The four-piece set comes with a 16-ounce coffee mug, 6-inch cereal/soup bowl, 8.25-inch salad plate, and a 10.25-inch dinner plate. All of the pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also purchase all of the pieces individually in a variety of styles. If you want to round out your table setting with matching serving pieces, the Nevaeh White collection offers platters, serving bowls, salt and pepper shakers, and more.
The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection is the top pick in The Wirecutter's look at the best dinnerware sets. The reviewer appreciated that this versatile set worked for everyday use as well as formal dinner parties. In his scratch tests, the reviewer was not able to scratch the pieces with knives and forks. He also noted that the cereal bowls were the right depth and width, and the teacups didn't wobble in the saucers. However, he did note that the plates exhibited some minor pitting on the surface of the glaze.
More than 250 buyers have left five-star reviews of the Nevaeh White Rim Dinnerware Collection on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. Karen801 purchased this set to replace stoneware dishes that tended to chip easily. She found this dinnerware to be much lighter, more durable, and it took up less space in her cupboard. Others echo these sentiments. One buyer commented on how easy it is to clean the pieces. The most helpful critical complaint was from someone who had their coffee mug crack along the bottom and leak coffee. This does not appear to be a common problem.
Pros: Durable, scratch-resistant, lightweight
Cons: Experienced minor pitting in some tests
The best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set
If you are looking for durable, visually-appealing dinnerware and have a little extra money to spend, consider purchasing the Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting.
The Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting, more commonly known as "Fiestaware," has an almost cult following. I know this because I grew up in the cult. I remember when my mother first brought the colorful dish sets into our home. I didn't know what the big deal was. But, she was happy, and I had something to eat on. Decades later as I visit my mom's house, the dinnerware is still going strong with nary a chip. Fiesta is so confident in the chip resistance of its vitrified ceramic pieces that it offers a five-year chip resistance warranty. Vitrified ceramic has very low porosity, which makes for a stronger material.
Fiestaware is best known for its Art Deco styling and concentric circles in a range of colors. Though there may only be a couple dozen colors available at a time, Fiesta has produced countless colors since the dinnerware was first introduced in 1936. Some of the most popular colors currently are Ivory, Tangerine, Daffodil, and Turquoise. Fiesta even offers an online app called Colorama for seeing if the colors you are interested in go well together.
House Tipster has been obsessed with Fiestaware for decades. The reviewer appreciates the vivid, fade-resistant colors. She displays them on open cabinets and exposed shelves. She found that the different colors tended to mix-and-match quite well, but if you find a particular color that you especially like, she recommends buying up all the pieces you want because Fiesta is known to discontinue certain colors.
The Spruce Eats put Fiestaware as their top overall dinnerware set. The reviewer noted that the pieces are incredibly crack and chip resistant. The Wirecutter was much more critical of the dinnerware. The reviewer did not like how flat the bowl bottoms are and found the pieces to be too casual and heavy for formal use.
Approximately 78% of the buyers who rated the Fiestaware on Amazon gave it five stars. Kim Davies, the most helpful reviewer, gave the set four stars because the ivory dinnerware she ordered ended up looking more like a pale yellow. Though, other than that, she was happy. Many of the other buyers appreciated that all of the pieces are made in the United States and are lead- and cadmium-free. Lead and cadmium have been shown to have negative health consequences.
Pros: Lead- and cadmium-free, chip-resistant, available in countless colors
Cons: Expensive, heavy
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best shower headsShower time should be relaxing, and your choice of shower head plays a huge role in making your shower more soothing. Some people love a rain-style shower, while others want a strong, pulsing jet to massage sore muscles.
That's why the Moen S6320 Two-Function Rain Shower Head is the best you can buy. It can switch between both types of shower styles, depending on your mood. The rush of prepping for work or school can almost make you feel relieved to jump in a car and sit in rush-hour traffic, listening to two DJs tell bad jokes and play weird sound effects. But before fighting through the commute, it's time for rushing around, looking for the right outfit, figuring out which overnight emails you were expected to answer before 4 a.m., and wrestling with which flavor packet to plug into the coffee maker. There is one time when you can actually relax – in the shower.
Sure, you might have to shorten your shower after you hit the snooze alarm three times, but the shower stall is still your sanctuary where no one can bother you, even if it's only for a few minutes.
To ensure that your shower is as relaxing as it can be, you will need to make some choices about the kind of shower head you want to use. You might be surprised at how many shower head options are available. Modern shower heads work differently than older shower heads, so there are quite a few advantages to purchasing a new shower head. An older shower head's interior often was a cavity that filled with water, forcing the water through the tiny nozzles, meaning the individual nozzles had very little water pressure. A newer shower head has individual channels that feel the nozzles, increasing the ability to deliver water pressure. With all of the different options and features in shower heads, you can pick exactly the type of shower you'd like to have, including rain-style, pulsing jets, or steady spray. Full body: Full body shower installations include nozzles throughout the vertical length of the shower stall, rather than just one nozzle at the top of the stall. Although these are really nice designs for a shower, they're a bit beyond the scope of this list because of the special installation and high expense required.
Handheld: Some shower heads fit inside a clamp near the upper pipe, but then disconnect so they can be held in your hand at the end of a flexible hose, allowing you to direct the water spray for more efficient cleaning, as Kitchen Bath Guides explains.
High pressure: Some shower heads include high-pressure jets. By turning a ring, these shower heads often provide different spray patterns as well as massage settings.
Rainfall: Some showers offer big shower heads that release a lot of water, almost like rainfall. They usually don't offer the water pressure or pulsing options of other shower head designs.
Specialty: Newer shower heads have some interesting specialty features. Some include a built-in wireless speaker inside the shower head, allowing you to sync your smartphone to the speaker to play music or audio. Some include LED lighting that makes it fun to shower. Finally, Consumer Reports says you must pay attention to the type of installation required for the shower head you pick. Some shower heads will simply screw onto the water pipe that sticks out of the bathroom wall, which most people can handle themselves. Other shower heads require you to tear up drywall to install some components. Understand that you may need to hire a plumber to complete the job, so think about this added cost when purchasing a shower head.
Here are the best shower heads you can buy in 2019: Best overall: Moen Two-Function Rain Shower Head
Best rain shower head: WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head
Best high-pressure shower head: Speakman Signature High Pressure Shower Head
Best low-flow shower head: High Sierra Low Flow Shower Head
Best handheld showerhead: ShowerMaxx Detachable Handheld Shower Head
Best budget shower head: Delta Single Function Shower Head
Best LED shower head: DreamSpa Color Changing LED Shower Head
Best combination shower head: Hydroluxe 24 Function 3-way 2 in 1 Combo Shower Head Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best shower head overall
Unlike most rain-style shower heads, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head also offers a surprisingly powerful jet spray.
Most rain-style shower heads don't offer any other type of water delivery. However, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head is able to deliver both rain and jet spray styles in one shower head.
The shower head is a great size, and the Moen S6320 also offers immersion technology, which allows for a concentrated jet spray.
A Great Shower says the rain-style shower is amazing and highlights how the shower head uses 100 nozzles to create its signature effect. However, the advantage of this shower head is that it can also act as a high-pressure jet spray when you want to switch things up.
Of course, it is an expensive shower head, costing more than $100 on Amazon. However, when you take into account that it originally cost $252.90 when Moen introduced this model, it's a substantial discount. It also has a lifetime warranty.
Pros: Versatile shower head, 100 nozzles for rain-style shower, jet-style setting provides surprising water pressure level, four finishes available
Cons: Longevity is questionable, price is high
The best budget shower head
The Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head's extremely low price point and good water flow make it a good choice for those on a tight budget.
There's nothing that particularly stands out about the Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head, but it does provide a good all-around performance level at a really low price point. According to the Green Energy Helps review, the Delta 75152 can deliver water flow of between 1.85 GPM and 2.5 GPM, which is a good level for most people.
The Beyond Shower review says the 75152 shower head is easy to install. One Amazon customer was disappointed in the all-plastic design of the Delta shower head, which ended up causing some leaks immediately after installation, but it seems to be a rare occurrence.
Pros: Extremely low price, good water flow level, extremely easy to install, two jet spray settings, two water flow settings, includes H2Okinetic water droplet technology
Cons: All-plastic construction materials affect longevity, some customers reported immediate leaks
The best rain-style shower head
The low-priced WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head delivers an impressive amount of water pressure and water volume for a rain shower.
If you've hesitated to purchase a rain-style shower head in the past because of concerns over high water usage, the WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head contains a flow restrictor that limits the shower head to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. You can remove the restrictor if you'd like more water flow. Depending on how you use the shower, removing the flow restrictor may actually help you spend less time in the shower.
Of the customers who left reviews on Amazon, 90% are largely satisfied by their purchase (4 and 5 stars), giving the shower head a 4.5-star rating. Perhaps the best thing about the WaterPoint Shower Head is its low price, which makes it another great budget option.
Pros: Delivers a large volume of water, very low price, good water pressure for rain-style shower head, large 8-inch diameter, restrictor inside cuts water usage to 2.5 gallons per minute
Cons: Air intake yields noisy shower head, some plastic in construction
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- Business Insider 22:41October 22, 2019The best strollersWith the right stroller, you and your young one are ready for anything, from a quick trip to the store to a week-long overseas vacation.
Depending on your family's activities, you may need two strollers per child.
The Nuna DEMI Grow is our top choice because it is highly adaptable, is nimble and rugged, and folds down small for a full-sized stroller. I have two kids (ages 5 1/2 and 1 1/2, at time of publication), and with them, I switch between six or seven different strollers and tested even more than that since my kids were born. So, through my research and hands-on testing, I've gained a lot of insight and experience into buying strollers.
But my stroller research started way before the first kid arrived. While expecting our first child, my wife and I did exhaustive stroller research and consulting other parents and experts. Not only can strollers be expensive, but you also want to ensure they keep their little passengers safe.
In addition, we also went to stores and tested multiple strollers before selecting one. Or, to be accurate, before selecting two: You will find that having two strollers for one child is almost a necessity. And with two kids, you may end up with four or more.
Here's why you may want multiple strollers: I recommend getting one larger, rugged stroller for daily walks around the neighborhood, and one smaller, compact stroller for when you need to travel light (flying to Europe or taking the train to New York City) or easily fit into the trunk of a car.
As for longevity, it depends on how often you use it and what type of situations you put it through. A gently used stroller could be reused or passed on, while one that's been through the roughest environments may not make it past the five-year mark. Whatever your needs or use-cases may be, here are the best strollers to consider. And, after our recommendations, we provide more info on how to buy a stroller.
Here are our top picks for the best stroller you can buy in 2019: Best stroller overall: Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller
Best stroller for multi-kid families: UPPAbaby Vista
Best affordable stroller: Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
Best rugged umbrella stroller: Ergobaby Metro
Best jogging stroller: Chicco Tre Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links and prices.The best stroller overall
The Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller is lightweight yet sturdy, it folds down with ease, and can accommodate two kids at once.
When my wife and I had our first kid (he's now five-and-a-half), we bought two products: one of the safest car seats we could find and we bought one of the best strollers we could find. And both were great, more or less. The car seat was soft and supportive for our son, and it gave us peace of mind. But it was savagely heavy. The stroller was responsive and rugged and had great storage space underneath, but it was big and bulky even when collapsed. Worst of all? The car seat and stroller weren't compatible, so every time we needed to transition our baby from car to stroller or vice-versa, we had to unbuckle him, scoop him up, and strap him back in, which basically guaranteed hysterical crying.
So when our daughter came along, we went with a different approach. We have been thrilled with the Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller, which we have been using since she was born (she's now more than 16 months old). The stroller is agile and light, turning on a dime even with one hand on the handlebar, yet it rolls over bumps and rough road easily, absorbing much of the shaking. The storage basket below is ample enough for a moderate grocery shopping and the hood provides plenty of sun coverage for our daughter.
But there are two main reasons why the DEMI Grow is a game-changer. First, it works with the Nuna PIPA Lite car seat, so we never had to rouse a sleeping baby to switch from car to stroller. Second, the DEMI Grow is so lightweight that my wife can easily lift it into the trunk of an SUV, and it folds down small enough to fit in a slender coat closet at home.
Along with the car seat configuration, the DEMI Grow can also accommodate an infant seat or a toddler seat, and it can even be used with two children at the same time in an over/under configuration. We've never tried that arrangement because we have a different stroller for our older kid.
The Little Baby Gear blog called the DEMI Grow "simple and functional." It found the stroller easy to fold up or deploy, and that it has a dozen "seating configuration options."
Pros: Lightweight and nimble, multiple configuration options, quick and easy compact folding
Cons: Pricey option, especially with added options
The best low-cost stroller
The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is lightweight, easy to steer, and keeps kids secure with a five-point safety harness, for a super affordable price.
You could be forgiven for finding the sub-one-hundred price tag of the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller a bit unnerving. Could something that inexpensive actually be safe enough to transport your priceless child? Based on feedback from reviewers and thousands of customers, the answer is yes. Also, there are legally mandated safety standards that strollers must adhere to, of course.
This umbrella stroller manages to be very affordable but reasonably well-made, and quite comfortable for younger children thanks to its reclining seat, padding, and sunshade. It also manages to fold down nearly flat and to weigh in at around 13 pounds, making the stroller compact and light enough for any able-bodied adult to lift with ease. If you need to carry your stroller onto the subway or tuck it into the trunk of a car regularly, then this small, light stroller is a great choice. If you need a stroller that can handle rougher terrain, like grass, dirt, gravel, and so forth, then this one is the absolute wrong choice, though. Its wheels are small and the tires are narrow, easily bogging down on uneven ground. That said, this is a city stroller first and foremost, and thanks not only to its minute weight and folded size, but also thanks to its large storage basket.
With more than 3,400 reviews, the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. The Bump called it "super light and easy to fold" but did note that it can tip if you hang a heavy bag on the handles. The reviewer for FirstTimeParentGuide.com noted the "decent storage underneath" and the "durable aluminum frame."
Pros: Great low price point, lightweight and compact, good storage underneath
Cons: Wheels too small for rough terrain, kids outgrow it quickly
The best stroller for multi-kid families
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller converts in multiple ways and can be used with a newborn, infant, or toddler. It can even transport three kids at once with various attachments.
Navigating through life with multiple kids is no easy feat, so give yourself every advantage possible and at least make navigating the sidewalk, hardware store, or museum that much easier with an UPPAbaby Vista stroller. This thing was designed with multiple kids in mind, and with the right attachments, it can handle three children at once: two in seats, and one perched on an added kickboard.
Unlike many strollers that can tote two kids in an over/under configuration, the Vista is suitable for use with twins, as it can simultaneously support two bassinets, two car seats, or two regular stroller seats. And as for all the gear you'll need to bring along to help you care for those kids, the storage basket can support up to 30 pounds.
This is a full-sized stroller and with two seats in place, it weighs upwards of 50 pounds, so it's likely too heavy if you live on a third-floor walk-up or you have any strength issues. But that weight translates to a smooth, steady ride and a capability to support kids well into preschool age. This stroller could last your family through several kids, so you'd get more than your money's worth. Which is good, because it's the most expensive strollers on the list.
One notable complaint among Amazon shoppers has to do with the Vista's weight and its lack of a good handle for carrying it when it's not in use; don't overlook how frustrating it can be to handle a heavy stroller as you try to get it in the trunk, into the house, or checked with an airline.
Pros: Broadly adaptable, suitable for three kids of varied ages, large storage basket
Cons: Expensive, heavy and hard to carry when folded
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- Business Insider 22:30October 22, 20197 'facts' you learned about sex growing up that aren't actually trueParamount Pictures The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 96% of teenagers enrolled in school are taught some sort of formal sexual education before they turn 18.
Although many schools base their curricula on evidence-based information, doing so is not a government-mandated requirement nor a flawless system.
Misinformation about sex can also be spread through magazines and peers.
Here are seven "facts" many people learned growing up that aren't true.
Visit Insider's homepage for more. Sexual health education is a fairly recent development in the United States, with the first sex ed classes cropping up in schools in the 1960s, according to Planned Parenthood.
But the concept of sex education has since become a part of most kids' basic schooling. Today, the CDC estimates 96% of teenage females at 97% of teenage males enrolled in school are taught some sort of formal sexual education before they turn 18.
Still, that doesn't mean what's been taught is accurate.
Sex ed curricula have always varied from school to school and, although many schools base their curricula on evidence-based information, doing so has never been a government-mandated requirement. Plus, scientifically valid programming can still lead to misinformation.
What's more, most early iterations of sexual education class omitted important information about sex in the LGBTQ community.
And, of course, school isn't the only place former adolescents learned about sex, whether or not what they learned was true. Magazines, peers, TV shows, and movies spread plenty of misinformation as well.
Here are seven "facts" about sex you learned growing up that aren't true, including some that remain a pervasive part of our culture's understanding of sex and sexual health.If you have unprotected sex, you'll definitely get pregnant.
Perhaps this "fact" is a way to scare teens away from sex or at least into having protected sex, but fertility varies from person to person and unprotected sex doesn't always result in a pregnancy.
A woman can only get pregnant when she's ovulating, something that only happens once a month. The process involves a mature egg dropping into the ovaries; if sperm fertilize that egg within 12 to 24 hours of this drop, it results in pregnancy.
But even having unprotected sex during this time only leads to a 20% chance of getting pregnant, Dr. Maureen Whelihan, an OB/GYN at the Center for Sexual Health and Education told Self.
Additionally, a woman's fertility starts to decline in her late 20s, so the likelihood of getting pregnant begins to decrease even with unprotected sex as she gets older.
Your menstrual cycle can sync up with other people's cycles if you spend a lot of time together.
There's a theory that women who spend a ton of time around each other, like roommates, coworkers, or best friends, will eventually have their menstrual cycles sync up so they occur at the same time. Science, however, has never supported this claim.
For one, researchers haven't found any mechanism in women's bodies that would allow this sync-up to occur, gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter previously wrote for the New York Times.
Plus, a period tracking app that used its user data to determine whether there was any link between women's period schedules and the time they spent with other women found no link.
It's most likely that when a friend or colleague has their period at the same time as you, it can be explained by an overlap, since women's cycles can vary in length. There's also the issue of recall bias, where women tend to remember instances where the sync-up theory applies rather than instances of other women they're around whose periods don't sync up with theirs.
If you can find your G-spot, you'll have mind-blowing orgasms.
The concept of the G-spot, a supposed pleasure-inducing zone inside the front wall of the vagina, has been a popular topic in women's magazines for years. But it's remained elusive for women themselves, likely because the G-spot doesn't exist.
"It is not surprising to me when I hear of women who fake orgasms with male partners," Gunter wrote in her book "The Vagina Bible." "After all, they have been led to believe that a female orgasm should be reached with a penis by way of a imaginary spot."
Researchers who have more recently studied this concept have been unable to locate this special spot that was supposedly found in 1950 by German researcher Ernst Gräfenberg.
Gunter said it's likely that Gräfenberg misconstrued other parts of a woman's genitals, like the nerve ending-packed clitoris, as this seemingly new discovery of the G-spot.
"The lower part of the vagina, close to the urethra, will feel great for many women because stimulation here is accessing the clitoris, but it takes the right stimulation — it is not an 'on/off switch,'" Gunter wrote.
Read more: The doctor behind 'The Vagina Bible' takes 5 precautions before waxing her pubic hair to prevent ingrown hairs and infection
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- Business Insider 22:26October 22, 2019The best bed framesYour bed is not only the highlight of your bedroom, it's also the only furniture you spend 33% of your life on.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is our top pick because it's well-crafted with impressive strength and an attractive design. Your bed frame can make or break the overall look and feel of your bedroom. Certain bed frames make the room feel more cozy, while others add a bold and modern style that complements your taste. Your mattress certainly matters in terms of comfort, but from a design aspect, your bed frame is the foundation of your bedroom.
Beyond design, bed frames serve additional purposes. Most elevate, or at least dictate, your sleeping position, ideally making it easier to get in and out of bed. Sometimes they make room for additional storage below your sleeping area or in the headboard. Bed frames also extend the life of your mattress by providing support and preventing weak, sagging spots.
The mattress-on-floor look instantly diminishes any style in your sleeping space and it's not ideal for you or your mattress. Mattresses need support to stay firm and stable, and, just like humans, mattresses, no matter what their make or model, need space to breathe.
Buying a bed frame may seem simple — just match frame size with mattress size — but there are more buying options than you might realize, which can make the shopping process seem overwhelming. That's why we've compiled this guide to the best bed frames.
Here are the best bed frames you can buy: Best overall: Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame
Best cheap frame: Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame
Best faux leather frame: DHP Dakota Faux Leather Platform Bed
Best canopy frame: DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame
Best platform frame: Murray Platform Bed with Wooden Box Frame
Best sturdy frame: Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed
Best high-tech frame: Reverie 9T Adjustable Bed Base
Best simple frame: Casper foundation and frame Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best bed frame overall
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is completely squeakless and it has a classic, timeless look.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is naturally simple with a classic design that we can't see going out of style anytime soon. The soft square-stitched dark gray upholstery adds a soft-to-the-touch design aesthetic to the already handsome piece. It's an all-around high quality, timelessly designed bed frame. As a cost saver, the headboard, frame, and ten wood slats that support the mattress are included in the price. You also have the option to purchase a matching footboard for less than $20 extra. The footboard is more of a personal preference that may help your bed look more neat and tidy by allowing you to tuck in all your bedding. All purchased parts, including the frame, legs, and wooden slats conveniently fit into the headframe and are shipped that way as well. Check it out in this reviewer's handy unboxing video review.
It's available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, and as an added perk, the king size frame stands 14 inches off the ground, providing extra storage space. In other sizes, the frame is 8 inches off the ground.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is featured on MattressPicks in the article 5 Best Zinus Bed Frame Reviews 2017, where it boasts a 5 out of 5-star rating. On Amazon, the bed frame holds a 4.6-star rating based on more than 3,000 reviews. Reviewers often comment that the bed frame is worth the money. This reviewer writes, "You can't find a bed like this for under $200 dollars at your local furniture store." Other reviewers like that it's sturdy, easy to set up, and noticeably quiet. Another reviewer remarks, "I actually had a 5.0 earthquake after the first week and rode it out on the bed."
Overall, the Zinus is a bed frame that can blend quietly into the background of a loud bedroom or hold its own as the centerpiece of an otherwise neutral room. The sturdiness and easy setup are two major plusses for this category of products in particular, and the strong mattress support and soft upholstery complement each other, creating an overall high-quality bed frame we can't help but recommend.
Pros: Very sturdy, helps your mattress last longer, easy assembly, reasonable price, footboard option, adaptable style
Cons: Middle of the bed support may not be the best, shipping issues result in damaged parts a bit too often
The best cheap bed frame
Space is valuable, especially in small apartments, and this Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame lets you make the most of it at an affordable price.
If you don't have bedroom space to waste, then a bed frame that provides plenty of under bed storage is the way to go. This Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame does just that, as it is raised 14 inches off the ground with 13 inches of clearance, so you can easily store medium to large plastic bins filled with the items you don't need access to daily right under the bed. It's available in all regular mattress sizes and can be purchased in your choice of a standard bed frame, a bed frame with a skirt, or in a deluxe edition, which has an upgraded design for reinforced stability with t-shape leg construction and a locking system. The most popular choice is the standard bed frame, which features a strong, durable steel frame and a unique folding design that makes it easy to move around as needed. Unlike some other models, it's easy to assemble. As this reviewer explains, "It comes in 2 separate pieces that are very light once you get them out of the box." The steel bed frame eliminates the need for a box spring and can support spring, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses. We like that it's a rather standard 14-inch height, but if you want even more under bed storage, Zinus also has this very similar but not as popular 18-inch bed frame model.
There are no bells and whistles to this bed frame, so you can achieve a super minimalist style, or add a headboard of your choice to jazz it up a bit. It's even pretty basic compared to other bed frames designed to provide under bed storage, and we think that's actually a good thing. While other so-called storage bed frames often have drawers that can be pulled out from the sides or have a compartment under the bed that you can only access by lifting up your mattress, the Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame simply provides free space, so you are not as limited by the size of drawers or under bed compartments. Amazon reviewers mainly applaud the bed frame for its great value, the fact that it's easy to assemble and disassemble as needed, and how quiet it is.
Some reviewers do mention that certain mattresses, especially memory foam models, slide off of it easily. One reviewer said she wishes "it came with something to stop the bed from moving off of it." Many reviewers such as this one, don't complain but do recommend buying a bed skirt to hide the under bed storage.
Pros: Tons of under bed storage, easy to assemble and disassemble, frame keeps things quiet, super affordable price point
Cons: Some mattresses may slip, no clear indication of how much weight it can hold
The best sturdy bed frame
The Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed looks cool with its real wood headboard and sturdy dark metal frame, plus, it's really affordable.
When I moved into my new apartment a year ago, I decided it was time for a new bed frame. Luckily, as the person who edited this guide when it first published, I knew where to look — Amazon. I went to Zinus first because the company makes our top pick in this guide. I looked through the company's many bed frames to find one that suits my style, and I came across the Sonoma.
It combines a dark steel frame with a slatted real wood headboard to create a cool modern look. I love the light, natural wood finish of the three planks that make up the headboard. The wooden boards look great and feel silky smooth to the touch. I was impressed with the quality of the frame's construction.
The dark metal frame is sturdy and inconspicuous. It has supports in the middle, too, so you don't have to worry about a lack of support in the middle of the frame. We have a king-size mattress from Ikea and it fits perfectly on the frame. The wood slats underneath the mattress give great support and amazingly, they don't squeak.
The only downside is that it's hard to put together because the instructions aren't super clear.
Zinus offers a five-year warranty on this bed frame, too, so if I do have trouble with it down the road, I can contact Zinus. I'm not the only one who loves this bed frame, either. Around 82% of reviewers on Amazon gave it a 5-star rating.
The only complaints center around defective parts and receiving the wrong headboard style. If you do get defective parts, contact Zinus or Amazon immediately for a replacement. Several buyers had a tough time reaching Zinus, but the company has responded to them directly on Amazon. Several buyers had their complaints resolved after contacting Zinus or Amazon. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Cool design, real wood headboard, strong metal frame, affordable
Cons: Occasional shipping issues reported
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- Business Insider 22:22October 22, 2019US Marines teamed up with the Philippines and Japan for a 'Warrior of the Sea' exerciseUS Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert US Marines and sailors teamed up with Phillippine marines and Japanese Self-Defense Force personnel for Exercise KAMANDAG 3 in the Philippines this month.
KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase "Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat," which translates to "Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Marines and sailors from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in Exercise KAMANDAG 3 from October 8 to October 18 in the Philippines.KAMANDAG 3 is a Philippine-led, bilateral exercise with participation from Japan.
KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase "Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat," which translates to "Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea," highlighting the partnership between the US and Philippine militaries.The Marines and sailors of the 11th MEU's ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, focused on small-unit combined arms training by conducting live-fire artillery ranges, live-fire light armored reconnaissance ranges, and various other assorted small-arms ranges.
US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert
Elements of the 11th MEU also conducted specialized training for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, counterterrorism, and civil affairs operations to sharpen their ability to respond across the spectrum of military and humanitarian operations.
US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert
"KAMANDAG 3 provided us a unique opportunity to integrate with the Philippine Marine Corps while conducting realistic, valuable training," said Capt. Trevor Hall, the commanding officer of Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th MEU.
US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert
"Over the course of our nine days ashore, we participated in several subject matter expert exchanges and joint exercises, which increased our interoperability with the Philippine marines."
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- Business Insider 22:22October 22, 2019The most expensive house for sale in America is a $225 million Bel-Air estate built by a rejected socialite and once owned by the founder of the Hilton empire. Take a closer look at the sprawling property.Courtesy of Hilton Hyland A 40,000-square-foot Bel-Air estate, known as Casa Encantada, has hit the market with an asking price of $225 million, making it the most expensive property currently listed for sale in America, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The estate traces its roots back to the 1930s and was once owned by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.
The property was later sold to Dole Food CEO and Chairman David Murdock for $12.5 million; Murdock then sold the home to financier David Winnick in 2000 for $94 million.
At each of the last two times it was on the market, Casa Encantada was the highest-priced residential property in the US, reports the Times — and if bought for its current asking price, the home will bypass the Spelling Manor to become the most expensive home ever sold in California.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bel-Air estate Casa Encantada might soon become the most expensive home ever sold in California, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 40,000-square-foot property has hit the market with an asking price of $225 million – making it the highest-priced home currently on the market anywhere in the country, per the Times.
Read more: Take a look inside the 100-square-mile Texas ranch that T. Boone Pickens, the oil magnate who just died at 91, listed for $250 million in 2017
Currently owned by financier Gary Winnick, the estate traces its roots back to the 1930s, when it was built for the widow of a glass bottle manufacturer. Since then, it has had many owners. In 1950, it was purchased by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton for $250,000 (or about $2.4 million today), then sold in 1979 to billionaire David Murdock, the chairman and CEO of Dole Foods, for $12.4 million, the Times reports.
In 2000, Winnick bought the home from Murdock for a reported $94 million and soon led a project to restore the property to its former glory.
While a PR representative for the estate told Business Insider that interior photos of the property in its current state aren't being released, you can keep reading for a look back at the home's original 1930s glory and to learn more about its history.Located in Bel-Air, the estate (called Casa Encantada or "House of Enchantment") is nearly 40,000 square feet. According to Los Angeles Magazine, the land was initially bought in 1934 for $100,000 by Hilda Boldt Weber, the widow of a glass manufacturer. Weber then commissioned architect James Dolena to build her the massive estate.
Courtesy of Hilton Hyland
Dolena was considered a "master" of Georgian architecture, taking influence and inspiration from the Art Deco movement as well as Moderne styles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Source: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine
The interior was designed by Peterson Studios and TH Robsjon-Gibbions, who created custom furniture and fabrics for the home, the Los Angeles Times reports. It was finished in 1937, costing over $2 million – or about $35 million today.
The Huntington Library
Source: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine
Weber was a nurse who married a Midwestern glass bottle manufacturer after nursing him back to health. The death of her husband left her very wealthy, and she spared no expense in building this massive estate.
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- Business Insider 22:09October 22, 20196 tips to prevent burnout while juggling your full-time job and side hustleWestend61/Getty 45% of Americans have side hustles, meaning almost half of the country is balancing more than one gig.
There are strategies to prevent burnout while you're working multiple gigs, including: being selective with your spending, conserving your energy, and not mixing your side hustle with your primary job.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's pretty cool when you can make money on the side doing something you're passionate about — and these days, many of us are doing just that.
An incredible 45% of Americans have side hustles, according to a survey from Bankrate, which also showed that 30% of side-hustlers use the income from their side gig to pay for living expenses.
But even if you're just using your side gig income for mad money (or better yet, savings!), keeping up with the demands of a second job can be demanding if you don't know how to manage all of your responsibilities.
Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to juggle all your jobs without losing your cool or running on empty. 1. Don't let your side hustle take over your life
While it's OK (and exciting!) to be "all in" when you're first starting your side hustle, your enthusiasm in those first few months probably shouldn't become your permanent pace. "It's not healthy for any job to consume so much of your time, which is why scheduling and setting realistic expectations are key," says Bankrate's Amanda Dixon.
You should put pen to paper and decide exactly how much time you're going to dedicate to your side gig, and prioritize what you want to tackle first. If you're hustling in the hours after you leave your full-time job, keep in mind that it is possible to overdo it. If you find you're struggling to squeeze in gym time, for example, you may be devoting too much time to your side gig.
"You should pick a very specific time or task and say, 'This is my time block,'" says Maddy Osman, cofounder of Freelancers Union Spark. "Try to have a good understanding of how long certain tasks are going to take. It may help to overestimate so it doesn't cause you to feel overwhelmed or rushed. Always plan ahead, and don't go to sleep without knowing what you have to get done tomorrow."
2. Find a mentor or a niche community
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Having a side hustle is like working two jobs, and the time and effort it takes to succeed doing this is not something everyone understands. "It helps to have support and someone to talk to when you're hitting a roadblock or a mastermind group whom you can commiserate with," Osman says.
These days, there's a Facebook group for just about everything, including hard-working entrepreneurs like yourself. So do a little recon and find a group that fits your niche or one that was designed for side hustlers in your same line of work. Joining a like-minded community to find your tribe will help you better manage your stress as well as lead you to helpful advice and tips.
3. Don't mix your day job with your side hustle
As tempting as it may be, try your best not to bring your work from your personal business to your full-time job. "It's OK to do stuff for your side hustle on your lunch break if you need to, but you can't be working on other projects during the hours you're being paid to work your full-time job," Osman says. "It's unethical."
If your side hustle requires you to maintain a public social media presence, it may be a good idea to be upfront about your gig with your employer. Doing so will keep things from getting awkward if your boss accidentally stumbles across details on your other company.
"Working secretly and not being open can easily blow up in your face and hurt your prospects at your full-time job," Dixon says. Establishing boundaries and being clear with your full-time employer that you won't be conducting side hustle tasks during your day job is one way to make sure everyone is cool with your budding entrepreneurship.
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- Business Insider 22:08October 22, 2019The best acne treatments for bumps and blemishesAcne treatments are a quick and easy way to banish blemishes without having to switch up your entire skincare routine.
Our top pick is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion because it is an effective spot treatment that acts fast to draw impurities from the skin and shrinks pimples overnight. Even those of us blessed with clear skin have to deal with a dreaded pimple from time to time. Thankfully there is a way to zap zits fast that doesn't involve popping them! You can avoid making the blemish worse by reaching for an acne treatment that will target individual spots head-on.
While other acne treatments are applied to your entire face to fight breakouts, topical spot treatments are used to target individual pimples and quickly shrink them without scaring or disrupting the rest of your face. Most options feature varying amounts of salicylic acid as their active ingredient, which works to clear clogged pores and banish the bacteria found inside the blemish. Some also feature ingredients that work to reduce redness and soothe skin, while others help prevent future breakouts. With acne spot creams, gels, patches, and even concealers available, finding the right one for you can feel overwhelming. So we did the research to find the best-reviewed acne treatments you can buy.
Here are the best acne treatments: Best acne treatment overall: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Best drugstore acne treatment: Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment
Best acne treatment patch: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
Best acne treatment that conceals: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer
Best clean-beauty acne treatment: Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated links, formatting, and prices.
The best acne treatment overall
The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion features two solutions in one bottle that work together to shrink the appearance of pimples overnight. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is an acne spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid, sulfur and zinc oxide to draw out impurities as you sleep. Its fast-acting shrinking powers have made it a firm favorite with beauty editors, industry insiders, and celebrities like Kylie Jenner.
While salicylic acid and sulfur are common ingredients in spot treatments, the drying lotion also contains calamine lotion to provide a soothing effect on your skin. The treatment can be easily applied with a cotton swab and is recommended to be used at night due to the pink coloring. Our director, Ellen Hoffman, is a fan, calling the product "magic." She also said that it "dries out whiteheads while you sleep so they're virtually gone by the next morning." The drying lotion has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Acne Award from Teen Vogue for Best Spot Treatment.
The lotion has an Amazon's Choice recommendation because of its high ratings, with 2,855 buyers giving it a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. Plus, more than 9,800 reviewers on Influenster gave it a 4.5-star rating. One reviewer named Erica wrote, "This drying lotion is perfect for helping my pimples disappear overnight! I put it on the break out before bed and in the morning it is gone."
While most reviewers raved about the product's zit zapping powers, a few noted that they wished it wasn't pink so they could use it during the day as well.
Pros: Shrinks blemishes overnight, works quickly, calms skin, draws out impurities
Cons: Can't wear during the day if leaving the house
The best drugstore acne treatment
Clean & Clear
Looking for an affordable spot treatment that reduces the size and redness of pimples quickly? Try the Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment.
The Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment is a clear gel that works quickly to shrink zits of every size. The product's maximum strength 2% salicylic acid helps dissolve surface oil around the blemish and penetrates the pore to clean it from the inside out. The gel also features witch hazel, which helps soothe skin and prevents it from drying out. The gel has been clinically proven to give 100% of testers clearer looking skin in just one day. Since the spot treatment is a clear gel, it can be used during the day or night. Clean & Clear's gel has won an Allure Best of Beauty Award twice and has a 4-star rating on Influenster with almost 8,500 reviews. One shopper named Ashlee raved, "This is the best nonprescription acne medicine you will ever try. It decreases size within a day and it lessens redness overnight. This is the best you can get for the money. I would buy it again and again."
Some buyers did note it they weren't a fan of the strong chemical smell but said it fades quickly after application. Pros: Affordable, acts fast, clinically proven to give users clearer skin, shrinks pimples, reduces redness
Cons: Strong smell
The best acne treatment patch
Peter Thomas Roth
The Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots are a mess-free spot treatment that quickly shrinks blemishes without irritating the surrounding skin. Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots are clear round patches formulated with salicylic acid and tea tree oil that work together to eliminate pimples fast. Just cover your zit with one of the sticky patches, and the dot will work overnight to shrink the pimple's size while also helping to prevent future breakouts. Each box comes with 72 patches total in a variety of small and large dots so you can switch up the patch size depending on how big the blemish is. The patches work on all skin types including normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. The product has over 10,000 likes on Sephora, with one reviewer saying, "I've tried so many on-the-spot acne treatments, that I was skeptical when someone recommended this product. However, I was wildly impressed with the results and felt it my duty to tell everyone I know about this product. The stickers are easy to use, comfortable, and hardly noticeable. I'm so pleased with this purchase, and so relieved to have these in zit-emergencies!"
Some buyers were put off by the high price point, but most said the product was worth the cost. If you want to spend a little less, you should try the Mighty Patch, which we also like. In her review of the Mighty Patch, our writer Connie Chen wrote, "As someone who has struggled with acne-prone skin for years, I'm often skeptical of supposed quick-fix solutions, but the effectiveness of the Mighty Patch stickers have made me a convert."
Pros: Effective spot treatment, shrinks blemishes quickly, mess-free
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- Business Insider 22:05October 22, 2019A former Google exec who reviewed over 20,000 resumes in 15 years kept seeing 5 embarrassing mistakesReuters Laszlo Bock is the former senior vice president of people operations at Google.
During his 15 years at Google, he reviewed more than 20,000 resumes, and saw five common mistakes over and over again.
Simple things like formatting and typos can make or break your opportunity for getting an interview.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In your lifetime, you will send dozens (if not hundreds) of resumes out to different employers.
Laszlo Bock, former senior vice president of people operations at Google — and current CEO and co-founder of Humu — is familiar with the job search grind. He, too, has sent out hundreds of resumes over the course of his career. But more so than most anyone else, Bock has gained unique insight on what a standout resume looks like.
Bock personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes within a 15-year span at Google. Although he says he has seen some brilliant resumes, he admits that he has continued to see the same resume mistakes over and over, which often cost good candidates the chance to get a great position.
If you're not careful, you'll undermine your own success by presenting your achievements in a poorly crafted resume. Here, according to Bock, are five really big mistakes you must avoid.1. Lack of formatting
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A messy and illegible resume is a resume that won't get you anywhere. Keep formatting clean and organized, using black ink on white paper with half-inch margins. Align columns and have consistent spacing. Make sure your name and contact info is on every page — not just the first. If sending your resume by email or text, save it as a PDF to preserve your formatting — and your hard work.
2. Enclosing confidential information
Pay attention to policies and avoid creating a conflict between employer needs and your own needs as an applicant. For example, if you're coming from a consulting firm, it is likely that you are not allowed to share client names — so don't do so on your resume! Also, even though you don't mention the client's name, you might provide a strong hint of who it is you're referring to. Says Laszlo, "On the resume, the candidate wrote: 'Consulted to a major software company in Redmond, Washington.' Rejected! ... While this candidate didn't mention Microsoft specifically, any reviewer knew that's what he meant."
"A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every 10 years of work experience," explains Bock. Remember, the reason you present a resume is to get an interview, not to be hired on the spot (although that would be a major plus). Says Laszlo, "Once you're in the room, the resume doesn't matter much. So cut back your resume. It's too long." Craft a concise and focused resume that prioritizes the most important information. Save the life story for later.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:16 books all high-achievers should read to get aheadApple CEO Tim Cook's go-to phrase 'The way I see it' is a masterclass in good communication — here's why7 toxic behaviors that show low emotional intelligenceSEE ALSO: In the 1980s, Bill Gates would escape to a secret cabin in the woods to protect himself from burnout. Here's the modern-day, easier version of his approach.
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- Business Insider 22:02October 22, 201910 habits of weak, unsuccessful people to avoidMangoStar_Studio/Getty Images Success isn't about copying other people's habits, or following one prescriptive path. The surest way to find success is to avoid being unsuccessful.
Unsuccessful people aren't able to focus on the present, instead constantly distracted by what's to come or what's already happened.
They only listen to themselves, and don't take the opportunity to learn or try new things.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Do you really think you'll be successful if you simply copy other people's habits? If that was the case, success would be easy.
I never met a successful person until I was 24. I grew up in a working-class family — I was more around people who were the opposite.
The first successful person I met was an entrepreneur in his 40s. When I started my first real business, he was one of my first clients. When I met him, he was slightly overweight, had more money than he could count, and was merry all the time.
But he also lost his wife, the love of his life, a half decade before. We became friends. He told me that he never got over it. Even though he experienced tragedy, he still had a positive outlook on life and did good things.
He truly cared about others. I have to be honest, my first business wasn't great, but he still gave me a chance to do business with him. He always said: "I just try to avoid being unsuccessful." That's the number one thing I learned from him. He said that you should study what makes you unsuccessful, unhappy, broke, fat, stupid. Then, eliminate those things out of your life.
To this day, I still live by that advice. I like his concept of trying not to be unsuccessful. Because what is success? The second best definition that I've found comes from Bob Dylan, my favorite musician of all time.
"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
You've probably read articles that discuss the habits of successful people. The problem with those type of articles is that they give you conditional promises.
"Eat three eggs with bacon, wash your hair with soybeans, do 10 push-ups, and do your daily affirmations, AT THE SAME TIME."
We have to let go of the "if I do x, I'll be successful or happy" way of thinking. It does exactly the opposite: You do what other people do. Live the way other people live. I might not know a lot about success, but I'm sure as hell that's not success.
What follows is a list of things that we shouldn't do. If you have one of these bad habits, don't worry; no one's perfect. If you have two bad habits, you should worry. Do you have three or more? You might want to change — because one thing is sure: No one wants to be unsuccessful.1. They're always distracted
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Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, is one of my favorite books. McKeown shares the story of when he met his former classmate, years after graduating.
He told McKeown that he was in between jobs and asked if McKeown could help him. Twenty seconds into the conversation the guy got a text and started looking down to his phone and started responding.
McKeown says: "Ten seconds went by. Then twenty. I simply stood there as he continued to text away furiously." After two minutes he gave up and walked away from the obsessive texter.
Don't live your life in the future or past, lost in thoughts and worry. If that guy from the example was present, he might have got an awesome job recommendation from Greg McKeown.
2. They only talk the talk
You know what's better than talking about something? Doing it.
In 2010, Derek Sivers gave a TED talk called "Keep your goals to yourself," where he presented scientific evidence that talking about your goals is counterproductive.
We see it all the time in real life and on social media: "I'm training for a marathon." "I'm starting a business."
The crazy thing is how people react. They applaud you for announcing something. Let's pause for a second: Saying you want to run a marathon and actually running a marathon are two different things, right?
In your brain, those things are actually not that far apart. Derek Sivers says:
"When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that it's called a 'social reality.' The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done. And then because you've felt that satisfaction, you're less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary."
Be someone that does things, not someone who talks about things.
3. They spend time with losers
Spend enough time with losers, and you'll become one. Apply this analogy to any type of person.
Do you want to get fit? Hang out with fit people. People feed off each other's energy.
What's better, your friend asking when you're going to the gym, or your friend asking to go out for the third time that week?
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- Business Insider 21:56October 22, 2019This compact tiny home on wheels was designed to look like a spaceshipPolydrop Polydrop has designed a personal on-the-go living space that was inspired by a spaceship.
The interior includes a bed, outlets, storage units, a thermostat, and LED lights.
Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Polydrop has designed a trailer meant to serve as a personal on-the-go private space.
The spaceship-esque trailer has a one-room cabin with storage units, outlets, and an outdoor kitchenette, and a 48-inch by 75-inch bed that's 5.5 inches thick. There are also LED lights in the shelves above the legroom, and a thermostat, USB charging port, cigarette inlet, and voltage meter underneath it.
The aluminum-skinned trailer also has an 8.7-inch thick wall that protects it from harsh weather, including snow.
Read more: This luxurious tiny home was built out of a trailer for traveling, but looks like an upscale apartment
While building the previous 2019 model, an insulation test was done in Big Bear, California with a wall that was five inches thinner. The outside temperature hit 35.2 degrees Fahrenheit, but the room temperature inside the trailer without the heater on was 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
"What I've designed was not meant to be a camping trailer, but more as a private space that you can travel with," Polydrop founder and CEO Kyunghyun Lew said in a prepared statement.
Take a look at the trailer, which now has four 2020 models:There are four models for 2020 with different features and specs: K-17, K-19, K-20 Camper, and K-20 Fully Loaded.
The K-17 is $14.495, the K-19 is $15,495, the K-20 Camper is $17,995, and the K-20 Fully Loaded is $19,995.
Polydrop was created when its founder and CEO Kyunghyun Lew and his wife and co-founder Jien Cha’s dreamed of having a comfortable and compact private space while traveling, according to a blog post on its website.
The gull-winged trailer was inspired by a space capsule.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Aston Martin's first-ever SUV will have outrageously luxurious options like a portable pet washerI tried both Amtrak's new food service and its traditional dining car, and now I understand why people were so upset about the changeThis enormous 262-foot 'hybrid' superyacht will have an onboard spa and whiskey loungeSEE ALSO: This custom tiny home on wheels was made from a Ford Transit van
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- Business Insider 21:40October 22, 2019A therapist explains the 6 habits that could be sabotaging your happiness, and how to get rid of themkittitha72/Shutterstock Nick Wignall is a practicing clinical psychologist and author. He writes weekly articles and guides for his email newsletter about how to use behavioral science to improve our lives in practical, meaningful ways.
When it comes to happiness, he says that people often tend to focus on tricks and actions for increasing happiness. Instead, we should focus more on what we can subtract.
Patterns like constantly worrying about what others think of you, isolating yourself in moments of emotion, beating yourself up in your head, or not being assertive about what you want can all inhibit happiness.
Cutting down on these patterns — and knowing when you're falling into them — can lead to increased happiness.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Everybody wants to know what they can do to be happier. We crave some combination of lessons, tricks, inspiration, goals, strategies, life-hacks, pills, or even apps that will add more happiness and wellbeing to our lives.
But what if finding happiness is less about what we should add and more about what we should subtract?
What if the smarter way to find your happiness is to focus on removing the things that make you unhappy? In my work as a psychologist and therapist, I have the privilege of getting to know people on a uniquely intimate level so that I can help them figure out what will really make them happy in the long run. And the more I do this work, the more I realize the key to finding happiness is often less, not more.
It's about discovering the things that are making you miserable and doing your best to eliminate them.
And more often than not, those things that make us miserable are habits: subtle but powerful patterns we've fallen into — maybe since childhood — that gnaw away at our happiness, day after day, month after month, year after year.
Here are six of the most common habits I've seen that sabotage our happiness, and some brief thoughts on how to eliminate them.1. Worrying about the future and other people's opinions of you
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Worrying is the mental habit of trying to solve a problem that either can't be solved or isn't really a problem.
It's easy to fall into because it feels productive, like we're at least doing something. It staves off the feeling we hate most of all: helplessness.
Worry gives us the illusion of control.
But here's the thing: Sometimes we are helpless.
Sometimes things are bad, or painful, or terrifying, and there's nothing we can do about it.
Yes, something terrible could happen to you or people you care about in the future.
Yes, some people really, truly, deep down don't like you very much.
Worrying about it is denial of reality. It's a demand that everything be the way you want it. It's an attempt to control what is fundamentally outside your control. It's expectations gone wild.
Sh-t happens. People are jerks.
Worrying about it won't change things. But it will lead to a lot of anxiety.
Work to become more aware of your habit of worry. Then question it: Am I productively solving a genuine problem, or doing mental hand wringing?
What function does my worry really serve?
What benefit does it really give me? Learn to accept the pain of what is or what might be and let go of your habit of worry and all the anxiety it generates.
2. Isolating yourself when you're feeling down
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I always think it's strange that my therapy clients say "sorry" when they tear up or cry during therapy sessions.
Why would you apologize for feeling and expressing sadness?
(I mean, I know the answer. Because it's socially unacceptable to be sad in public, unless it's a funeral, then you can cry a little … but god help you if you start blubbering or "lose control"! And we've all been trained since we were kids to control ourselves and mask our emotions because they're unseemly in public.)
But still, even though I know why, it doesn't stop feeling strange to me — that we're ashamed of our emotions and how we feel and try to hide them from others, even the people we're closest to.
As a therapist, my clients' tears are actually really helpful to me. They're a sign that something we're talking about is important and valuable. That helps me do my job better because I understand the person across from me a little better.
But that's not just true in the therapy office. That's true for all of us!
Visibly painful emotions like sadness and fear and frustration help signal to people around us that we're struggling and could use some help or support.
You don't need coping strategies when you're sad, or discouraged, or feeling lonely, paralyzed, or helpless. You need people. You need support. You need someone to give you a hug, listen carefully to your story, share a pint of Haagen Dazs with.
When we hide our pain and isolate ourselves, we throw away the most powerful antidepressant known to man — loving support from people who care about us.
So, while it's totally natural to hide yourself away and isolate when you're in pain or suffering, just do the opposite. Reach out. Ask for support. Connect.
3. Keeping quiet and "going with the flow"
It's a truism that most people dislike conflict. But that's just because most people don't know that there's a good way to do conflict.
Most of us hesitate to push back and stand up for ourselves because we're afraid of being perceived as aggressive, pushy, conniving, or rude. And so we default to being passive, accepting, quiet, and generally just "going with the flow" (which is usually just a euphemism for being a doormat).
But there's a middle road between being a passive doormat and an aggressive (or passive-aggressive) bully: You can be assertive.
Assertiveness means standing up for your own wants, needs, and values. It means asking for what you want and saying no to what you don't want in a way that's clear, respectful, and honest.
And assertiveness is a skill anyone can learn.
The road to genuine self-esteem, confidence, and self-respect is assertiveness — through the willingness to align your actions with your values no matter the circumstance.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here's why you should talk about debt when you start dating someone new — and how to do it right7 signs that you're at risk of losing your job8 habits to avoid in any work meeting — if you want to make a good impressionSEE ALSO: 5 simple tricks for handling other people's bad moods like a pro, according to a therapist
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- Business Insider 21:35October 22, 2019The best running shoes for womenRunning doesn't require a lot of equipment, but a good pair of running shoes is a must-have to prevent injury. The Brooks Ghost 11 is the ultimate workhorse of women's running shoes with a lightweight yet cushioned feel, a breathable upper, and the durability to grind out a lot of miles.
See also: The best running socks you can buy Whether you're just beginning your running journey, or you're an experienced runner looking for a new shoe to try out, finding a quality pair of running shoes is the first step to guaranteeing that your future running endeavors will be enjoyable. It wasn't so long ago that not much thought was given to the difference between male and female runners and their separate needs as athletes. The go-to phrase was, "shrink 'em and pink 'em." Luckily, athletic companies have moved away from this simplistic — not to mention sexist — standard and have taken into consideration that women's bodies are different than men's, so they need running shoes made specifically for them. With so many women representing the running population, this is a smart move. In 2016, women made up 58% of all the 5k races in the United States and 43% of all marathons.
Women's vs. men's running shoes
So what makes a woman's model of a running shoe different than a man's? First off, women tend to have smaller heels in relation to the forefoot, so the shape of the shoe will be slightly different. A lower body mass results in slightly less foam in the midsole of the shoe and deeper grooves make it easier to flex the midsole when toeing off. Men and women also have different Q-angles, or the angle of incidence between the quad muscle and the kneecap, as women generally have wider hips than men. This can cause pronation to occur, which requires different types of cushioning.
Overpronation vs. underpronation
If you overpronate, your foot tends to roll inward too far as you run, and your body isn't absorbing shock as efficiently. For overpronation, you'll want a more supportive motion-control shoe to help correct your foot motion. If you underpronate, your foot isn't rolling in far enough, making the outside of it take the brunt of the impact after the initial heel strike. If this is the case, you'll want a more neutral-cushioned shoe that will encourage a more natural foot motion. This is one of the most important things to consider when buying running shoes, as overpronation or underpronation can cause serious injury over time if it's not addressed.
Different shoes for different types of running
You'll also want to consider the type of running you'll be doing. Are you planning on doing a lot of road racing? A lightweight shoe will likely be best. Do you tend to do your long runs on trails? Then you may want a shoe designed specifically for trail running. If you're looking for a simple training shoe for casual running, then durability may not be a big concern. However, if you're the type of runner who lives in their running shoes, finding a high mileage shoe will give you the best quality for your money. It may sound overwhelming, but luckily we've done the research for you and chosen what we think are the best women's running shoes based on a variety of running needs.
Here are the best women's running shoes: Best overall: Brooks Ghost 11
Best for support: New Balance 860v10
Best for trail running: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5
Best lightweight shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon
Best for high mileage: Under Armour HOVR Infinite Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices, merchants, and formatting. The best running shoes overall
The Brooks Ghost 11 shoes are durable enough for long runs, light enough for speedwork, and are even more responsive than the Ghost 10 thanks to the new sole unit.
If you're looking for a cushioned neutral running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 should be considered for your new go-to. The latest model of the line-up, the Ghost 11 provides both comfort and durability, and can tackle anything from long distances to short and snappy speed work. The Ghost is known for out-of-the-box comfort, which I can personally speak to as an owner of the Ghost 10. You won't have to worry about any break-in period with these.
The Brooks Ghost 11 keeps much of what worked in the Ghost 10, including the 12mm heel to toe drop for a smooth ride. However, there have also been some significant design changes. Most notable is the new sole unit. While the Ghost 10 featured a thick layer of Brooks' DNA foam, the new design cuts down on the foam and integrates DNA loft foam under the heel.
According to Brooks, this foam is "engineered to be lightweight and ultra-soft without giving out underneath the foot." The rest of the sole keeps the original DNA foam which gives it the cushioned and responsive feel that the Ghost line is known for.
As with any sole redesign, this does change the initial feel of the shoe. In this case, some reviewers say it gives the shoe a firmer feel. This is great for speedwork but could lead to some discomfort for long distances. Keep in mind, every runner is different and much of this comes down to personal preference.
Most reviewers feel that the new version is just a continued improvement on an already fantastic running shoe. Sueby, a reviewer from brooksrunning.com says, "These are amazing shoes with exceptional cushion. I have several pairs and they just keep getting better."
The sole isn't the only thing that has changed. The upper has also received a full redesign with seamless, engineered mesh. It keeps the airflow going while keeping dirt and debris out, and also gives the shoe a sleeker, more modern look. One tongue loop was kept in the redesign which does help keep the tongue of the shoe from slipping around while you're running. Having run in shoes that don't have this feature, this seems like a small thing until you have to stop and retie your shoes to readjust the tongue. When it comes to running shoes, little things like this can make a big difference.
In keeping what works combined with some innovative design changes, it comes as no surprise that the Ghost 11 has yet again received the Editor's Choice Award from Runner's World. While it is heavier than many of the lightweight running shoes available, weighing in at 9.5 ounces, its design allows it to keep a fast and responsive feel usually found in lightweight models.
The comfort and increased responsiveness, as well as a consistent price, make it worth upgrading to the Ghost 11. Another benefit? The price for every new Brooks Ghost model has remained the same for the past five years, coming in at $120.
Pros: Well-cushioned while still having a light feel, smooth heel to toe transition, new seamless upper design for added breathability and comfort, new DNA loft foam allows for more responsiveness, versatile design is ideal for both speed work and long distances
Cons: On the heavier side, won't provide enough support for overpronation, some reviewers feel the sole redesign creates a firmer feel that could become uncomfortable on long distances
The best running shoes for support
The New Balance 860 line is specifically designed for those who overpronate, providing a smooth, comfortable ride from heel to toe.
As a tried and true stability shoe, the New Balance 860 line is solely (pun intended) dedicated to helping those who overpronate, providing the stability needed to help prevent any unnecessary running injuries.
The newest version keeps the dual-density TruFuse midsole for a soft, yet supportive feel and the 10mm heel drop also remains the same. The upper has received some welcome updates, but the toe box remains roomy. This allows the toes ample room to splay out for push-off, adding to the smooth, natural-feeling ride.
The upper has received another update from the 860v9, allowing for more breathability and comfort with seamless engineered mesh. It also keeps the shoe looking modern and fresh despite being on its 9th version. Often, stability shoes look bulky, but that isn't the case with the 860v10. The midfoot of the upper now features fewer overlays, which add to that sleek look, and more targeted stitching for even better support. There are currently four different color schemes available, ranging from neutral to flashy so you can easily find a style to match your running wardrobe style.
These shoes are on the heavier side, but unlike many stability shoes, the 860v10 finds the balance between providing the right amount of support without completely weighing you down. The T-Beam stability shaft that runs under the midsole helps correct overpronation and still allows for a snappy and responsive feel often found in lighter running shoes. The blown rubber outsole is designed to last and does well in both wet and dry conditions so you won't have to put your run on hold just because of a little rain or snow.
The 860v10 excels at providing a steady and well-supported run. The comfort alone makes this shoe a winner in the support department — especially if you have wide feet. As mentioned above, the toe box is roomy, but there are narrow, wide and extra-wide widths available to accommodate different feet.
The durability of this shoe makes it ideal for high-mileage, so if you're looking for a pair that can withstand daily training, the 896v10 is well worth considering. Most reviewers have had a great experience with the 860v10. Even those who don't run regularly, or just want added support throughout the day at work or while running errands find themselves turning to this stability shoe.
Pros: Great support for overpronation, cushioning provides a comfortable ride, newly designed mesh upper provides more breathability, T-Beam shaft for additional stability, 10mm drop provides a more natural heel to toe motion
Cons: On the heavier side, not ideal for neutral runners who don't need additional support, some runners found the mesh upper too breathable in cold weather
The best running shoes for trails
Hoka One One
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 shoes are designed to handle rough terrain on the trails with maximum cushioning and rugged soles, but the lightweight feel allows you to transition from the trail to the road anytime you want.
While some trail shoes tend to be on the heavy side, the Hoka One One (pronounced o-nay o-nay) Challenger ATR 5 shoes manage to provide maximum cushioning while still being lightweight. They're responsive, rugged, and won't weigh you down while you conquer the trails.
The newest version in the Challenger ATR line weighs in at a surprising 7.7 ounces. All you have to do is look at the Challenger ATR 5 shoes to see that they fall into the maximal cushioning running shoe category. While they may not be the prettiest running shoes on the market, all of that cushioning offers less stress and impact to the body. This combined with a rugged outsole make the Challenger ATR 5 the perfect shoe for tackling long trail runs.
If you begin or end your runs on the road, the traction and grip performance of this shoe works just as well on trails and rough mountain terrain as it does on the pavement, and its lightweight feel will provide you with a seamless transition. It should be noted that despite all the cushioning, the Challenger ATR 5 is considered a neutral running shoe, so it won't offer much in terms of support for overpronators.
The toe box of the Challenger ATR 5 is reinforced with thermoplastic polyurethane to help protect your feet from protruding rocks and roots on the trail. It does have a narrower design, but to remedy this, the Challenger ATR 5 now has a wide width option. This was an issue with previous models for those who have wider feet, so it's nice to see that the company listened and delivered. The sole of the shoe has also received a slight update: The distance between the 4mm lugs has been shifted to allow for an even more comfortable feel on hard surfaces, and stronger grip on technical terrain.
The upper of the shoe is designed to be durable, and durability is something the entire design of this shoe excels at. Running Shoes Guru gave the latest model high marks, stating that "It performs well on dirt trail, but also works well on rocks, roots, boulders and steep climbs." The tester plans to wear them in an upcoming 50k, and "has no doubt it will be comfortable and perform well." Its rugged durability makes this shoe a favorite for casual trail runners as well as the racing shoe of choice for ultra-marathoners.
Whether you want a more cushioned ride for casual trail runs, or you're a modern-day Wonder Woman tackling your next ultra-marathon, the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 is definitely worth considering.
Pros: Fantastic cushioning to weight ratio, rugged outsole with 4 mm lugs provides good traction on both trails and roads, toe box offers substantial protection from rocks and roots, wide width is now available
Cons: Not suited for overpronators, some reviewers felt this shoe was on the expensive side
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- Business Insider 21:29October 22, 2019Here's how Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would use one of the presidency's most expansive powersJose Luis Magana/AP Images Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have distinguished themselves on domestic issues like healthcare and taxes.
But the two Democratic candidates are also unique in what they've said about how the US should behave as a global power. A historian of US foreign policy explained how Sanders and Warren would use this power.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The 2020 presidential campaign, like the ones before it, has focused on domestic issues.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both tireless proponents of workers and vociferous critics of the financial elite, have been leading voices on issues like healthcare and economic policy as the Democratic primary unfolds.
Read more: 43 years ago, a US Cold War ally assassinated one of its biggest critics with a car bomb in the heart of Washington, DC
Presidential candidates' foreign-policy visions receive less attention, despite the president having outsize power to shape US foreign policy. Just as Sanders and Warren have distinguished themselves on domestic matters, they stand apart from their rivals when it comes to defining the role the US should have in the world.
In an email interview, Daniel Bessner, a professor at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies who specializes in the history of US foreign policy, explained how Sanders and Warren conceive of US power and what they could do if they get the chance to wield it.Christopher Woody: How do Sanders and Warren view the US's role in the world, and how do they differ from Democratic and Republican establishment views?
Daniel Bessner: The first thing to appreciate about Sanders and Warren is that, when it comes to specific policies the two candidates have articulated, there isn't much daylight between them.
Both have come out against so-called "endless war"; both have affirmed they want to restrict the power of the imperial presidency; and both have emphasized the importance of centering the concerns of labor, as opposed to capital, when determining American policies of international trade.
At the same time, however, both have embraced radically different understandings of what the US role in the world should be. To put a fine point on it, Sanders is an internationalist and Warren is a nationalist; that is to say, Sanders, unlike Warren, does not center the American citizen in his vision of foreign policy. Instead, Sanders adopts a more capacious understanding of US foreign policy that takes the interests of all the world's peoples — particularly, all the world's workers — into account.
One sees this in the language the two deploy. Where Warren's campaign makes clear that she will "stand up for the American economy, fight to protect American workers, and defend American values," Sanders' campaign strikes a more international tone, declaring that should Sanders win, "he will change the terms of the global economy to lift up workers everywhere, reversing the race to the bottom."
Warren's views are relatively close to the fundamental assumptions of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment. In essence, she believes that some bad actors have gotten the United States in some bad wars, while other bad actors have helped capital at the expense of labor, but all told the world requires US "leadership."
Sanders, who knows the tragic history of US foreign policy during the Cold War quite well, is more skeptical of this position and seems more willing to cede some of the United States' hegemonic power.
Woody: What are Sanders' and Warren's attitudes toward foreign intervention specifically? Have they elaborated on under what circumstances they'd see it as appropriate?
Bessner: Both Sanders and Warren have expressed skepticism over military intervention, particularly military intervention in the Middle East and Central Asia, two regions in which the United States has been bogged down in fruitless wars for decades.
In general, Sanders has articulated a more categorical rejection of military intervention; for instance, in a statement on Venezuela, he asserted that "the United States has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American countries; we must not go down that road again."
As far as I'm aware, Warren has not yet released any similarly categorical statements against military intervention, though she has cosponsored a resolution that would prohibit the unauthorized use of military force in Venezuela.
All told, I believe both candidates are post-Iraq War candidates in that they are quite skeptical of military intervention, but my sense is that Sanders, who has long been associated with US anti-imperialist movements, would be more willing than Warren to risk political capital — and take on the U.S. military — to prevent the use of force abroad.
Woody: Both Sanders and Warren have spoken about empowering regular people and challenging entrenched political and economic interests; how does that influence their respective approaches to foreign policy?
Bessner: When compared with Warren, Sanders has been far more willing to promote a foreign policy that centers ordinary people as opposed to governments.
He has been quite clear that his foreign policy vision is, in a sense, post-nationalist; as he has argued, only "a strong global progressive movement that speaks to the needs of working people, that recognizes that many of the problems we are faced with are the product of a failed status quo," can challenge the kleptocratic and autocratic capitalism that has emerged in the United States and elsewhere.
Warren might very well agree with this sentiment, but as far as I can tell she has not made it central to her campaign.
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- Business Insider 21:21October 22, 2019From cat names to fruit, here are 11 bizarre things celebrities have tried to trademark(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) A lot of celebrities file for trademarks, which essentially makes it so others cannot profit off of an original idea or phrase.
Sometimes celebrities have caused a lot of controversy with their trademark applications, with many accusing stars of appropriating a culture, stealing someone else's phrase, or trying to get the rights to something that's far too common.
Taylor Swift has tried to trademark her three cats' names as well as plenty of her lyrics.
After going viral for singing "rise and shine" to her daughter, Kylie Jenner is trying to trademark it.
Visit Insider's homepage for more great stories. From catchphrases to pet names, celebrities have tried to trademark a lot of different things over the years.
In simple terms, trademarks are a legal way to ensure other people can't profit off of your original idea or phrase, though the rules for what can and cannot be trademarked are not exactly clear-cut and simple. Most of the time, they apply to specific goods — for famous individuals, trademarks oftentimes prevent people from selling faux merchandise, like phone cases or T-shirts, with lyrics, catchphrases, or names tied to specific celebrities.
Notably, registering for a trademark isn't difficult, but being approved for one can be challenging and it can take over a year to complete the process. Plus, trademarks must be renewed every few years so they can stay active.
From fruits to common names and phrases, here are 11 strange or controversial things celebrities have tried to trademark.Taylor Swift has tried to trademark her three cats' names ... but this isn't her first trademark rodeo.
In June, TMZ reported that Taylor Swift had filed court documents to trademark her three cats' names, "Meredith, Olivia & Benjamin Swift" for use on things like merchandise.
Her newest cat's full name is Benjamin Button (like the character from the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"). Swift recently met Benjamin Button on the set of her "Me!" music video, instantly fell in love, and decided to adopt him.
He joins her two other cats, which are named after TV characters — Meredith Grey (from "Grey's Anatomy") and Olivia Benson (from "Law & Order: SVU"). She reportedly previously tried to trademark their names back in 2018.
In the past, Swift has also reportedly tried to register trademarks for lyrics from some of her songs like "This sick beat," from her single "Shake It Off" and "Nice to meet you. Where you been?" from her track "Blank Space."
Read More: All of Taylor Swift's albums, ranked from least to most iconic
Controversially, Kim Kardashian once tried to trademark "Kimono."
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In June, Kim Kardashian was again accused of cultural appropriation after sharing a first look at a new shapewear line called Kimono, a play on her first name and also a reference to the traditional Japanese garment. There was some backlash when the trademark for Kimono Intimates was initially filed in 2018, but Kim's June 2019 reveal on Twitter reignited the controversy, giving rise to the hashtag #KimOhNo on the social-media platform.
Following the backlash, she released a statement to Insider saying she has "deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture" and has no plans to make any garments resembling or dishonoring the traditional garment.
"Filing a trademark is a source identifier that will allow me to use the word for my shapewear and intimates line but does not preclude or restrict anyone, in this instance, from making kimonos or using the word kimono in reference to the traditional garment," she said.
About a month later, in July, Kardashian announced she would be changing the name of her shapewear line to SKIMS.
Drake tried to trademark the phrase "God's Plan" in 2018.
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In summer 2018, Drake reportedly filed a trademark for the phrase "God's Plan," a reference to the song from his album, "Scorpion."
During a monologue a few days later, Stephen Colbert criticized Drake's attempt to "own" the common religious phrase and jokingly questioned whether or not God would approve.
Per TMZ, the musician had plans to use the phrase for things like clothing, merchandise, and a TV game show.
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- Business Insider 21:19October 22, 2019The best sound machines When you've got a sound machine, noisy nights don't have to equal a lack of sleep.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Of all the sound machines we researched, the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine is our favorite because it eases your way into a refreshing night of deep sleep with many different customizable sounds. The dog next door is barking, someone nearby is beeping their horn, your significant other is snoring like a chainsaw, and you're staring at the ceiling in frustration rather than sleeping soundly. Or maybe it's not you having trouble sleeping. Instead, your baby or young child wakes up at every sound, which means that in turn, they wake you up with their unhappiness.
Noise — it's hard to escape, especially at those times you'd most like a little peace and quiet. And that's exactly why sound machines, also called white noise machines or sound therapy machines, were invented.
These handy devices aren't intended to play so loudly that they overwhelm outside disruptions. Instead, they work with your brain's natural tendency to mostly notice new or variable sounds while tuning out steady, repetitious noise. That's why people who live near freeways or in big cities tend to "get used to" steady traffic sounds, yet awaken when a taxi blares its horn, a helicopter flies overhead, or a dog suddenly barks.
White noise machines, with their soft, steady, repeating loops of sound, help mask sudden or unusual noise, thus lulling your brain into relaxation, and eventually, sweet sweet sleep. Of course, really loud or irregular noise, such as your baby's crying, is still going to break through, but in general, you'll sleep far more soundly with white noise playing in the background than without.
What is white noise?
If you're old enough, you probably remember the sound of static after a television station went off the air for the night or the hissing sound between radio stations. That's the sound of true white noise. It's made up of all the frequencies audible to the human ear playing all at once and at the same intensity. With no variation entering your ears, your brain interprets the sound as a steady hiss.
But white isn't the only "color" of sound. There's also pink noise, which is white noise, but with the higher frequencies somewhat muted. This makes it more soothing than white noise. If you've ever peacefully fallen asleep to the sound of steady rain, you've enjoyed pink noise.
Brown noise is another popular variation of multi-frequency sound. It's basically pink noise with even more muting of the highest frequencies. It's also found in the natural world. Think of waves crashing on the shoreline or the sound of high winds.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Here at Insider Picks, we take our sleep seriously. That's why we've analyzed information on the many sound machines available and whittled the choices down to the ones we feel are best.
Here are the best sound machines you can buy: Best sound machine overall: Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine
Best white noise sound machine: LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine
Best budget sound machine: Big Red Rooster Sound Machine
Best sound machine for travel: Homedics Portable White Noise Sound Machine
Best sound machine for babies: WavHello SoundBub White Noise Machine and Speaker
Best sound machine for kids: Bubzi Co Sleep Soother Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best sound machine overall
Sound + Sleep
The Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine offers up just about every feature you could ask for in a sound machine.
Want to drift off to the peaceful sound of crickets and wind in a meadow? How about adding some birdsong and buzzing bees? Or maybe you prefer to fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves. If that's not enough, go ahead and add in some crying seagulls. Still need more? You can add in barking seals and a foghorn. That's just the start of the versatility offered by the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. There are ten basic sounds to choose from: fireplace, waterfall, white noise, meditation, brook, rainfall, train, city, meadow, and ocean. You can add two additional levels of sound to each of those basics. For example, train starts with the clackety-clack of wheels on track. Two additional levels add in bells, train whistles, and the sound of train couplers tapping against each other. You also get white noise, pink noise, and brown noise options.
And these aren't short, annoying loops, or synthesized sound. You get naturally recorded high fidelity sounds carefully mastered to relax you into sleep. Plus, the machine "listens" to the ambient noise in your bedroom, and then adjusts its volume as necessary to help protect your sleep. Amazon buyers love the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. It has more than 4,200 reviews and a 4.1-star average rating. Customers especially appreciate the adaptive technology that adjusts to room noise and the wide variety of sounds. A typical comment: "So far this sound machine has been completely effective in masking the sounds of a snoring spouse and a barking neighbor's dog." If your bed partner doesn't want any sound at all, there's a headphone jack so you can enjoy the peaceful tones on your own. Let the machine run all night, or set the timer to shut off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. The AC power cord is included. Pros: Amazingly versatile, high-quality sound, many options to choose from, timer
Buy the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine on Amazon for $64.99
The best white noise sound machine
If you're just looking for white noise, and plenty of it, you've found your match with the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine.
The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine is just that: a white noise machine. There are no nature sounds to choose from, but that doesn't mean your sound selection is limited. This high fidelity device has ten levels of fan sounds, including everything from industrial fan to oscillating fan. It's also got 10 levels of white noise ranging from pure white to pink to brown. The large top speaker produces excellent sound and does a great job of masking outside noise, including tough-to-sleep-through disrupters like snoring or barking dogs. Wirecutter chose the LectroFan as the best white noise machine, praising its excellent performance, small size, and easy-to-use controls. Amazon buyers back that up. The LectroFan has more than 6,000 reviews and an average of 4.4-star rating. Buyers rave about its ability to block out all manner of annoying sounds, including barking dogs, traffic, crying babies, and snoring spouses.
You can run the device all night long, or set the timer in hour-increments. The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine comes with a USB power cable and AC adapter, so you can power it up just about anywhere. It's available in black or white.
Pros: Excellent sound quality and a large range of fan sounds and white noise, including pink and brown noise.
Cons: None to speak of, unless you're looking for a machine with nature sounds as well as white noise.
Buy the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine on Amazon for $49.95
The best budget sound machine
Big Red Rooster
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine will set your mind at ease with its quality nature sounds and low price.
You don't have to pay a lot of money for a good sound machine — The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine is proof of that. This straightforward device offers six sounds: summer night, white noise, rain, brook, ocean, and thunder. The sound quality is excellent, and the loop is unobtrusive, so you won't feel like you're listening to a broken record.
With more than 10,000 reviews and an average of 4.1-star rating, this is one of the most popular sound machines on Amazon. Buyers like the quality of the sound, the lack of bright or annoying light on the machine's control panel, and the high level of volume control. Says one pleased owner, "I cannot begin to say how much I've enjoyed my little sleep enhancer. I've had it for almost a year now and use it every night and daytime naps. I think my cats are becoming addicted to it, too."
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine includes an AC adapter, or you can run it off batteries for use while traveling. Let it run all night long, or set the timer to turn the device off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Pros: Great price, good sound quality, doesn't take up much room on your nightstand.
Cons: Not many sounds to choose from.
Buy the Big Red Rooster Sound Machine on Amazon for $19.99
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- Business Insider 21:14October 22, 2019The best polarized sunglasses The best polarized sunglasses for you are going to vary based on the shape of your face and the activities you plan to engage in. Our favorite all-around unisex pick for those who plan to do a bit of everything is Ray-Ban's Clubmasters with an aluminum frame.
You can also check out our guides to the best men's sunglasses. While sunscreen and skin care have been a popular topic in light of a recent FDA ruling on ingredient listing requirements, many of us neglect to give our eyes the protection they deserve. Cheaply designed sunglasses that we don't mind scratching may seem like the way to go when they're so easy to lose and scratch regardless of cost, but poorly designed sunglasses often leave our retinas exposed to harmful UV rays that can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts, and myriad other troubles down the line.
Then there are more immediate matters for concern, like snow blindness, especially when we're near water, which is highly reflective in all its physical states. While snow blindness clears after a few days, it will leave you with the unpleasant sensation of having something along the lines of smoldering embers trapped inside your eyes, which is a mild nuisance at very best.
When choosing a pair of sunglasses — no matter how much you want to spend, and whether they're polarized or not — make certain that the lenses have a UV rating of 400, which indicates that they effectively prevent the maximum wavelength of UV rays (measured in nanometers) from passing through to your own lenses.
Also, take into account frames. Full wrap-around frames are the best option for protection, as they keep out stray light that would otherwise have you squinting all day. But then they're not exactly necessary (or savvy) on the street, and we get that, so we have thin-framed options below, too.
Polarized lenses add another level of protection by reducing glare brought on by reflection, or horizontal light. While not always necessary (and often frustrating, especially when trying to operate electronics), polarized lenses are generally worth having, even if you go for a cheap pair. The main difference with a cheap pair of polarized shades is that you won't have the clarity of a high-grain glass or quality resin, which might leave you squinting a lot, and you'll have a harder time seeing your phone screen while wearing them, which, in our opinion, is worth dropping a few extra dollars for most people.
Here are the best polarized sunglasses you can buy: Best polarized sunglasses overall: Ray-Ban Clubmasters with aluminum frames
Best budget polarized sunglasses: Gamma Ray Polarized Cheaters and Wrap Around Sports
Best polarized sunglasses for outdoors: Smith Optics ChromaPop
Best sustainable polarized sunglasses: Costa x Bureo's Untangled collection
Best prescription polarized sunglasses: Warby Parker prescription sunglasses
Best folding polarized sunglasses: Persol 714 Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated links, formatting, and prices.The best polarized sunglasses overall
The lightweight but sturdy aluminum frame and thick, scratch- and shatter-resistant metal-rimmed glass lenses keep the timeless Ray-Ban Clubmasters on par with the best.
Thick glass lenses held by an aluminum frame make the Ray-Ban Clubmasters an easy, nearly indestructible choice for people on the move, and while they're still among the more popular — and arguably tired — designs, they at least give the Aviator and Wayfarer shapes a rest.
I was gifted a pair a couple of years ago, and while it's safe to say almost every pair of shades I've owned before or since has taken on a scratch or two at least, this pair has survived just about everything. I should add that I'm extremely rough on sunglasses. I even managed to sit on this pair — strictly for testing purposes — and unbend it from an unnatural 45-degree angle without creasing, let alone snapping the bridge piece.
I've also dropped and kicked them (again, for testing) across fiberglass decks, marble floors, and concrete sidewalks, and they've somehow survived it all. These things are just simply not like the others.
Aesthetically, the Clubmasters seem to suit just about every face shape and outfit, no matter how formal or relaxed, and perhaps that's why they're so iconic. While they lack the full wraparound protection of sportier options, we don't assume most of you will be bopping about town in what could reasonably be mistaken for a tinted pair of safety goggles pilfered from your father's workshop — we certainly won't be. But we'll never judge, and if we're completely out of touch, there's an option below for you, too.
Pros: Fit for any occasion, sturdy
Cons: Pricey, a small amount of light passes through the sides, which doesn't make for the best protection in direct sunlight
The best budget polarized sunglasses
Gamma Ray's Polarized Wraparound Sport and Cheaters are fully serviceable shades for an exponentially lower price than the rest of the sunglasses we recommend, so losing them won't keep you up at night.
If you're looking for a cheap pair of driving lenses, or just aren't willing to dish out for another pair of Ray-Bans or Maui Jims because you've lost and broken so many that it hurts, a pair or three of either Gamma Ray's Polarized Cheaters (a Wayfarer-style) or Wrap Around Sports (the sportier version pictured above) should do you well.
While they're nowhere near as durable as the other sunglasses we're recommending here, they do come with a lifetime warranty (though we haven't tested it, yet) against both scratching and shattering. If you can manage to find a case for them, they might last a whole lot longer.
Gamma Ray has gotten praise from both Wirecutter for the Cheater model, and Lifehacker for its computer glasses. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 Amazon buyers gave the Wrap Around Sports an average of 4 stars, and more than 400 Amazon buyers also gave the Cheaters an average of 4 stars.
Pros: Metal-reinforced hinges, budget-friendly
Cons: Cheap nylon frames will break if you're not careful
The best for outdoors
Smith Optics' ChromaPop lens technology filters two wavelengths of light that cause color confusion, while the brand's array of lens tints is designed to cover every kind of light (and water) condition you might face in the great outdoors.
In 1965, orthodontist and ski bum Dr. Bob Smith developed the first sealed thermal lens and vent foam goggles, what came to be known and revered as the modern ski goggle. But he didn't stop there, and his line of sunglasses is no less revolutionary.
Smith's ChromaPop lenses come in six different tints, all geared toward different lighting, so whether you're inshore fishing on a gray day or offshore on a bluebird one, they've got the lens for you. On a recent fly fishing trip in Hawaii, I realized, perhaps a little too late in the day, that the shades I'd brought along were not defining the elusive bonefish I was trying to spot — not as well as my guide's Smiths were. We switched glasses at the end of the day and I was suddenly spotting the "gray ghosts" left and right. I'm still kicking myself.
Granted, to run the gamut of light situations you'll encounter as an angler, you'll need at least two pairs of sunglasses. This, of course, isn't cheap, but then performance optics hardly ever are.
But Smith doesn't just cater to anglers; the brand also has a performance line designed for runners and cyclists with removable lenses — I only wish they'd offer interchangeable lenses with their ChromaPop fishing line.
Around the web, Amazon users give Smith a formidable 4.7-star rating overall, and premier fly fishing publication Hatch calls Smith's Techlite Polarchromic Copper lenses "the most versatile pair of fishing sunglasses on the market."
Pros: Lens tints for all light, fishing-, performance-, and lifestyle-specific frames
Cons: Can be pricey
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- Business Insider 21:10October 22, 2019The best stovetop espresso makers and moka potsStovetop espresso makers are easy to use, make excellent strong espresso-like coffee, and last for decades.
The Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker has been around since 1933, and it is still the best stovetop espresso maker you can buy to make strong, delicious coffee right at home. True coffee lovers know there's more than one way to make a cuppa, and they've tried them all: French press, drip coffee, cold brew, fancy espresso machines, and so on. One of the most humble and effective machines for making a strong cup of coffee is the stovetop espresso maker also known as the moka pot.
The moka pot, or macchinetta del caffè, which literally translates to "small coffee machine," is a stovetop machine that moves boiling water, pressurized by steam, through ground coffee to make a delicious brew.
Back in 1933, an Italian inventor named Luigi De Ponti patented the design for Alfonso Bialetti, and the company is still making stovetop espresso makers with the same basic design. Bialetti's classic moka pot is so reliable, that it remains the best stovetop espresso maker you can buy.
If you want to learn more about how stovetop espresso machines work, jump ahead to our explainer page. We've tested several stovetop espresso makers over the years and we've done a lot of research to find the best ones you can buy.
Here are the best stovetop espresso makers you can buy: Best overall: Bialetti 6-Cup Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best for gas stoves: GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best expensive moka pot: Cuisinox Roma 6-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best affordable moka pot: Bialetti Kitty Espresso Coffee Maker
Best espresso-esque shots: Bialetti Mini Express Espresso Maker
Best-looking moka pot: 6-Cup Alessi Pulcina Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best electric moka pot: Delonghi EMK6 Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices and formatting. Added related links.The best stovetop espresso maker overall
The Italian Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker was the first moka pot, and after all these years, it's still the very best.
Bialetti made the first stovetop espresso maker back in 1933, and it's still using the exact same patented moka pot design. The company may make many different models now, but the original Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker is still the very best one you can buy.
Unlike the cheap imitations you'll find in kitchen stores, the Bialetti is made right in Italy with craftsmanship and care. Although it's made of aluminum and not stainless steel, it's a sturdy, durable little machine that will last you a lifetime. I've had mine for seven years, and it works like new after daily use.
The aluminum pot has an eight-sided base that diffuses heat equally, resulting in evenly brewed coffee with a delicious rich flavor. To make coffee, you simply fill the base up to the water line, spoon moka ground coffee into the funnel, and twist the top closed securely over the grounds and water.
Put a gas burner on low so the flame doesn't go outside of the pot's base and burn the handle. You can also use it on an electric stove, just be careful to place the handle well away from the heating element.
Using less heat ensures that your coffee doesn't burn, either. A few minutes later, you'll hear the pot begin to gurgle as the steam-pressurized boiling water passes through the grounds and up through the spout of the moka pot to become strong, rich coffee.
You can get the Bialetti Moka Express in a variety of sizes from 3 cups to 12 cups. The 6-cup machine is best for most people, but if you like to entertain or you have a big family, the 12-cup machine will be just right. I actually own both the 6-cup and 12-cup machines, so that I always make the perfect amount of coffee for every situation.
The traditional moka pot comes in silvery aluminum, but you can also get it in blue, orange, red, and purple color options.
If you're still on the fence, experts, reviewers, and websites like Best Products, Espresso Corner, Coffee Gear At Home, Good Housekeeping, Espresso Perfecto, Little Coffee Place, and Home Grounds all recommend the Bialetti Moka Express. It's also a number one best-seller on Amazon with consistently high reviews.
Pros: Inexpensive, comes in fun colors and different sizes, makes great coffee, easy to clean, made in Italy, and it has a two-year warranty
Cons: Handle melts off quickly if you leave it unattended (which, of course, one should never do), but you can buy a replacement.
The best for gas stoves
GROSCHE's stovetop espresso pot has a heavy-duty extended handle that's made with heat-resistant rubber-coated plastic and sits away from your heat source so it won't melt on gas stoves.
While Bialetti is a tried-and-true favorite coming up on its centennial anniversary, if you're anything like me or some other members of the Insider Picks team, you've probably burned through any number of them over the years. Not because the aluminum gave way, but that cheap, plastic handle the company has been attaching to their oh-so-iconic moka pot in recent history. While Bialetti used to make its pots with stainless steel handles, the new, markedly cheaper plastic handle does not survive the hands of hapless fools such as I.
So, after a third Bialetti handle melted on me this year (it's admittedly more a reflection on me and my ilk than Bialetti, which I still hold dearly), I decided to set out on a quest to find a somewhat more foolproof and final replacement.
Enter GROSCHE — The company eliminates the melting handle problem in two ways. One, the handle is farther from the unit and your stove burner, so it's not sitting directly over heat. Two, the handle is also made out of a soft rubber-coated heat-resistant plastic, so in case you do make the ill-advised decision to leave the kitchen with a burner on the stove going, you won't be out an espresso pot and $20 to replace it.
The Grosche comes in 3-, 6-, and 9-cup models, and is made out of aluminum.
Founded in 2006, Grosche is a newer company, but it's already won customers who've left applause on Amazon to the tune of: "Have worn out 6 or so well-loved Bialettis similar to this one."
Reviews left by 159 people average out to a respectable 4.2/5-star rating, and 73% of those reviews included 5-star ratings.
The cherry on top? Through the Safe Water Project, Grosche pledges to provide 50+ days of safe drinking water for people in need for every product they sell. — Owen Burke
Pros: Handle is heat-resistant, socially responsible company
Cons: None yet, at time of writing
The best expensive option
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The Cuisinox Roma 6-cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker lasts a lifetime, and it brews delicious strong coffee.
If Bialetti's Moka Express is too old-fashioned and quaint for you, you'll love the slick modern look of the Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker. It's a high-end, fancy moka pot that's not made out of aluminum. You will pay a premium for it — it's nearly five times more than the Bialetti — but it has a 25-year warranty and top-notch reviews.
Cuisinox used stainless steel to make its stovetop espresso maker, so you know it's going to be durable. The design is more slick, shiny, and curvy than the traditional 8-sided aluminum Bialetti moka pot. Since it doesn't have corners, the insides are easier to clean. However, just like with the other moka pots in this guide, you really don't need to scrub it like crazy.
The process of making coffee in the Roma is the same, too. You simply fill the base up to the water line, spoon moka ground coffee into the funnel, and twist the top closed securely over the grounds and water.
Put a gas burner on low so the flame doesn't go outside of the pot's base and burn the handle. You can also use it on an electric stove, just be careful to place the handle well away from the heating element.
Using less heat ensures that your coffee doesn't burn, either. A few minutes later, you'll hear the pot begin to gurgle as the steam-pressurized boiling water passes through the grounds and up through the spout of the moka pot to become strong, rich coffee.
You can get the Cuisinox Roma in 4-cup, 6-cup, and 10-cup sizes to suit your needs. The 6-cup model will be best for most users, but bigger families will want the 10-cup machine.
Most reviewers consider the Cuisinox Roma to be the best stainless steel stovetop espresso maker and recommend it right alongside the Bialetti. Coffee Gear at Home, Espresso Perfecto, Little Coffee Place, and Home Grounds all say the Roma is a great machine for making strong coffee at home.
Reviews on Amazon are incredibly positive, too. One reviewer expressed "unreserved admiration" for the moka pot and even pitted it against high-end espresso machines. Although it's not made in Italy like the Bialetti, the Cuisinox Roma is very high quality and reviewers on Amazon praise the build quality and durability.
Pros: Stainless steel design, comes in multiple sizes, easy to clean, affordable compared to high-end machines, it works on gas or electric stoves, and it has a 25-year warranty
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- Business Insider 20:59October 22, 20199 signs your dog doesn't like you, even if you think they doShutterstock There are a few ways you can tell if a dog feels uncomfortable around you or just doesn't like you very much.
It's not a good sign if your dog is deliberately avoiding you or leaving the room every time you enter it.
Sometimes a dog's body will stiffen up if they are uncomfortable in your presence.
If you find a dog isn't your biggest fan, you can try to get them to warm up to you by associating your presence with treats and leaving the animal alone.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If you suspect a dog doesn't like you, don't stress — it's probably something you can fix. Plus, in many cases, it's likely not downright dislike.
Insider spoke with Karen Sueda, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, who explained that sometimes a dog can appear to dislike someone but they might actually just be nervous or uncomfortable around the person.
Here are a few signs that a dog may not be your biggest fan, along with some tips on what to do to change that.If a dog doesn't trust you, they may track your movements.
Take notice if a dog seems to be watching your every move — that could mean that they don't trust you or that they feel uncomfortable around you.
"Dogs that are worried about a person may stare at them or visually track their movement from a distance," Sueda told Insider.
It's not a good sign if your dog is not making eye contact with you.
Sometimes a dog that doesn't want to be around you might track you carefully — other times, they might purposely ignore you.
Insider spoke with Wag! Advisory board member and dog behaviorist Robert Cabral, who said you should watch and see if a dog isn't making eye contact with you or seems to move away from you every time you try to get close.
Cabral said if a dog isn't your biggest fan, they will not meet your gaze and will back away "because dogs will most often choose flight as opposed to fight."
If a dog is afraid of you, they might cower or hide.
Remember, a dog that doesn't like you might actually just be kind of scared of you — and this fear can manifest itself in physical ways.
"If the dog is fearful, he may cower or crouch, pull back his ears, tuck his tail, hide, or tremble," Sueda told Insider.
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- Business Insider 20:58October 22, 2019Kevin Durant and Nike have teamed up to launch a new pair of sneakers that pays tribute to YouTubeKevin Durant, an all-star NBA player, has designed a new pair of Nike shoes that pays homage to YouTube.
The shoes feature the name of Durant's YouTube channel, and a pattern showing YouTube icons like the pause, play next, thumbs up, and thumbs down buttons.
The KD12 YouTube shoes will run for $150, and will be available to purchase on October 26.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Professional basketball star Kevin Durant has paired up with Nike to release a pair of sneakers that promote not his illustrious athletic career, but instead advertise his blooming YouTube channel.
Durant's love for YouTube apparently runs so deep that he decided to pay homage to the platform with his newest design as part of his standing KD12 line of Nike sneakers. Nike debuted the KD12 YouTube sneakers last week ahead of their October 26 release date, when they'll be on sale for $150.
The shoes "represent [Durant's] enthusiasm for how the platform connects his on the court life with his fans," Nike says on the shoes' launch page.
Durant has 777,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, which he started in 2017 during his first championship run with the Golden State Warriors. Durant, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason, has shared behind-the-scenes clips on his YouTube channel from his life both on and off the court.
The shoes are, predictably, mostly red, as is YouTube's defining color. The sneakers feature the notable YouTube Play button alongside Durant's name, and even have a search bar on the shoe's insole.
Check out some of the other details of the sneaker design, which borrows iconic symbols and labels from YouTube. The KD12 YouTube shoes have a pattern on both the back of the heel and the tongue that feature some of the platform's most recognizable buttons, including those for pausing and skipping videos, adding closed captions to content, and thumbs up and thumbs down symbols for voting on videos.
Nike; Paige Leskin/Business Insider
The pattern also features two icons specific to Durant: the icon that appears in the bottom-right of all his YouTube videos, and the number 35 — which references the name of his investment Thirty Five Ventures, as well as his longtime jersey number (which he just changed for his first season with the Brooklyn Nets).
Durant's shoes also sport a tag attached to the back of the heel. On one side, the tag reads, "Skip Ad," a reference to the button that appears on YouTube to allow you to get past an advertisement and onto the video.
The other side of the tag reads: "Video will play after ad," which appears when the pre-watch advertisement is unable to be skipped. It's a curious addition to the KD12 shoes to reference the ads.
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- Business Insider 20:37October 22, 2019We went behind the scenes at the Jelly Belly factory to find out how jelly beans are madeFabiana Buontempo/Insider The Jelly Belly Candy Company has been making candy since 1869 in Belleville, Illinois.
The very first jelly bean flavors included Root Beer, Green Apple, Licorice, Cream Soda, Lemon, Tangerine, Very Cherry, and Grape. Now, the company makes more than 100 flavors.
Insider got to go behind the scenes at the Fairfield, California, jelly bean factory to find out how they're made.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Jelly beans are an American candy staple.
And Jelly Belly is the most recognizable name making them.
Jelly Belly Candy Company
The company's story begins all the way back in the 1800s.
Jelly Belly Candy Company
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- Business Insider 20:32October 22, 2019The history of WeWork — from its first office in a SoHo building to pushing out CEO and cofounder Adam NeumannWeWork cofounder Adam Neumann is expected to step down as chairman of the board after an IPO attempt that proved to be disastrous for the company.
WeWork's biggest investor, Softbank, is now reportedly taking over the company and giving Neumann $1.7 billion to step down from the board. Neumann had already stepped down as CEO in September.
In its early days, WeWork started as one office space in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Now it has nearly 800 locations open or coming soon in 124 cities around the world.
The We Company is composed of WeWork, WeLive (a co-living venture), WeGrow (a "conscious entrepreneurial school" set to close at the end of the academic year), and Rise by We (a "complete wellness experience").
Read all of Business Insider's WeWork coverage here. WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann is expected to step down as chairman of the board after giving up his CEO title in September.
WeWork's biggest investor, Softbank, is taking over the troubled company and giving Neumann $1.7 billion ($1 billion for stock Neumann will sell, a $185 million consulting fee, and $500 million in credit) to step down, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The nine-year-old co-working-space startup publicly filed for its IPO in August as part of The We Company, and has been in turmoil since. Its IPO has been shelved, and two WeWork executives — Arthur Minson and Sebastian Gunningham — took over as co-CEOs after Neumann left his CEO post.
But before its IPO plans were plagued by uncertainty and intense scrutiny, co-founder Adam Neumann opened the first WeWork space in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 2010. Since then, the company has rebranded as The We Company and expanded into other ventures, including co-living subsidiary WeLive and the "conscious entrepreneurial school" WeGrow, among others.
Read on for the history of WeWork leading up to its first failed IPO attempt and the controversy surrounding Neumann.
Melia Robinson originally authored this post, which has since been updated. Additional reporting by Lisa Eadicicco.
Read more: WeWork isn't even close to being profitable — it loses $219,000 every hour of every day. WeWork founders Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey met — where else? — at the office.
Neumann came to New York City in 2001, fresh off his service in the Israeli military. He started a company called Krawlers, which sold clothes with padded knees for crawling babies.
"We were working in the same building as my co-founder Miguel McKelvey, a lead architect at a small firm," Neumann told Business Insider's Maya Kosoff in 2015.
"At the time, I was misguided and putting my energy into all the wrong places," he added.
Source: Business Insider
Neumann also had an interest in real estate — he fell in love with a vacant warehouse on Water Street while he was working in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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In an interview with Fast Company, Neumann recalled approaching the landlord and asking for the building. The landlord said, "You're in baby clothes. What do you know about real estate?"
Neumann said he shot right back: "Your building is empty. What do you know about real estate?"
He and his new friend McKelvey struck a deal to start a real-estate business there: Green Desk, which still exists today.
Source: Fast Company
In 2008, Green Desk became an early incarnation of WeWork. The company offered sustainable co-working spaces featuring recycled furniture, free-trade coffee, and green office supplies.
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Customers, called "members," could rent a desk or a private office month to month. Neumann and McKelvey made money by charging more for those spaces than their lease payments.
Green Desk offered most things individuals and small companies needed: fully furnished offices, conference rooms, high-speed internet access, utilities, printing, and a stocked kitchen.
Source: Dumbo NYC, Forbes
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