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This Artist's "Oat Milk Nails" Are the Most 2020 Manicure Idea Ever

Sometimes, all you want and need in a manicure is buffed and well-shaped nails in their bare state. Other times, you're in the mood to have long nails — and not all of us were blessed with natural length or strength. For the nail minimalists out there that weren't, nail artist Fariha Ali (@nailjob) has a solution she's dubbed "oat milk nails."

As shown on her Instagram on October 18, oat milk nails look just like real, bare nails — right down the milky, off-white tips — except they're made from gel extensions. As Ali tells Allure, oat milk nails are an upgraded take on a similar manicure she created for a client a while back. "My client wanted something super natural-looking for her nails while adding some length, so we decided to mimic natural nails with gel instead of doing clear extensions," she recalls. "I had done a sheer white nail look a couple of years ago that I named almond milk nails and it had been quite a hit, so we decided that this was the 2020 version of those, and hence: oat milk rather than almond milk."

Ali likens the concept of oat milk nails to no-makeup makeup: they were created simply to enhance what's already there. Consider them a new alternative to the classic pink and white French manicure. The process of creating the look, as Ali describes, is just as simple as a classic French, if not more so. "The process is quite similar to creating any hard gel set, but instead of creating clear extensions, I tried to mimic her natural free edge color using an off-white hard gel."

So if you take a photo of these oat milk nails to your go-to nail artist, they should have no trouble recreating the look as long as they have a gel that mimics your natural nail color. The best part? According to Ali, you can paint over these with regular polish and remove it at any time, just like your real nails — plus, "the grow out would be close to invisible."

In 2020, anything low-effort and low-key is wholly welcomed, so we'll take bets now on oat milk nails becoming a trend (and a big one). 

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See Kardashian, Jenner Kids in Halloween Costumes: Stormi, True and More

Does it get any cuter than this? The Kardashian and Jenner clan always pull out all the stops while dressing up their kids for Halloween.

Kylie Jenner started spooky season off strong in October 2019 when she posted a series of pictures of her daughter, Stormi, recreating her 2019 Met Gala look a few days ahead of Halloween. “My baby!” the Kylie Cosmetics creator wrote on Instagram at the time. “I can’t handle this!”

Not only did little one look just like her mom in a sparkly dress, complete with purple puffy sleeves and a silver purse, but she wore a wig as well. While Stormi looked serious in the first photos Jenner uploaded, she eventually gave the reality star a smile.

“She the real boss,” Corey Gamble, commented, while Sofia Richie wrote, “OMG I can’t deal.”

Khloé Kardashian waited to reveal her daughter True’s costumes until later that same month. “SwanLake with TuTu,” the Revenge Body host captioned her first round of photos of the toddler. “Halloween look 1. You know I have many more to share.”

Hours later, the Strong Looks Better Naked author shared a series of shots of her daughter dressed as a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character, writing, “Oompa loompa doompety da. If you’re not greedy, you will go far. You will live in happiness too. Like the Oompa Loompa Doompety do. Doompety do.”

True’s dad, Tristan Thompson, commented on the post: “My little Oompa Loompa.”

Kardashian is no stranger to dreaming up multiple outfits to put her little one in. For True’s first Halloween, she was a unicorn, a panda, a pig, a sheep, a tiger and a flamingo. The Good American cocreator matched her daughter in many of the looks. “She’s too cute to spook!!” Kardashian wrote on Instagram at the time. “(Don’t judge me, I have more costumes to post lol. … I swear she loves dressing up).”

Keep scrolling to see pictures of the next generation of Kardashians in amazing costumes.

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Pregnant Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo Debut Maternity Pics Ahead of Due Date

Here she comes! Pregnant Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo’s second daughter is due in “mid-November,” and the Counting On stars are ready for the little one’s arrival.

“I’ve been getting the house arranged like crazy,” the 19 Kids and Counting alum, 26, exclusively tells Us Weekly. “I think I’ve organized every drawer and cabinet around. The nursery is good to go. The crib is built, and the closet is full of little girl clothes.”

She and the former professional soccer player, 33, have also selected a name for their baby-to-be. “Like we did with [our eldest daughter], Felicity, we’re keeping it a secret until she’s born,” Duggar says. “We’ve had this name picked out for a long time — maybe a year or two now. We met a little girl with the name and as soon as we heard it, we both knew we’d want to use it if we had another girl.”

Us confirmed in May that the reality stars were expecting baby No. 2 after their daughter Felicity’s July 2018 arrival.

Duggar’s pregnancy has been “pretty similar” to her last one, she tells Us, adding, “I am craving a bit more from the sour and savory section of the grocery store than I was in Felicity. With Felicity, I wanted ice cream every day. This time around, I’m more into pickles.”

As for the athlete, Vuolo is “trying to help” his wife however he can ahead of their second child’s arrival. “Jinger is constantly wanting to work on projects around the house, so I’m just trying to be available knowing that her energy levels may not be what they normally are,” the Pennsylvania native explains to Us. “Also, I’m encouraging her to take naps. She never wants to take a nap! So, I’ve been the nap guy. Whenever she seems tired, I’m telling her to relax and lay down for a bit.”

Keep scrolling to see sweet family photos from the TLC personalities’ maternity shoot.

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Jimmy Fallon Jokes His Daughters Are 'Spoiled' at Christmas But Teaches Them About Giving Back

It may not quite be Halloween yet, but Jimmy Fallon and his family are already getting into the Christmas spirit!

The Tonight Show host opens up to PEOPLE in an exclusive conversation surrounding his new children's book 5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas about his family's holiday plans, revealing that first and foremost, he and wife Nancy Juvonen teach their daughters Frances Cole, 5½, and Winnie Rose, 7, the importance of giving back.

"At first, they were a little upset. They're like, 'No, we want to keep everything.' I'm like, 'You can't. … Trust me, if you give, you receive — you get back more than you can know.' So that's what we kind of taught them. And so every [Christmas and] birthday, we do that," says Fallon, 46. "They pick some toys and we give them to a center by our house that takes in toys."

Despite the lesson in generosity, the father of two admits his girls are "still spoiled" anyway. "They have too much," he tells PEOPLE. "They definitely have more than I had when I was a kid."

As for how their holiday plans have been affected this year given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, "Usually we'd have the whole family over and I think this year's different," says Fallon. "We'll be talking to everybody and FaceTiming and whatever we can do. I don't think my dad understands Zoom yet, so just FaceTime was a big leap for us. But yeah, it'll be different and tougher, but we got to do what we can to get through this."

Winnie and Franny will also make sure they get in contact with Santa Claus (who usually "writes a letter back," their dad says), and the family will "leave out cookies and milk." too. Adds Fallon, "I think we leave out a carrot for the reindeer, which the reindeer doesn't finish, so far. They leave a couple of chunks still. Rudolph does not finish all of the carrot. Very interesting."

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Jimmy Fallon Announces His Third Children's Book, This Is Baby — See the Adorable Cover!

Illustrated by Rich Deas, Fallon's newest addition to his children's book repertoire — which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list — was inspired by his "favorite time of the year," as well as a conversation he had with Winnie while walking her home from school when she was around 5 years old.

"She said, 'How many more sleeps 'til we go to Grandma's?' And I was like, 'How many more sleeps? That's so cute.' I'm like, 'Oh my God, I've never heard that before,' " he tells PEOPLE.

"I go, 'That's a good idea. Maybe that's something like, how many more sleeps 'til Christmas?' So I said, '5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas, and you can describe those five days leading up to the biggest day of the year when you're a kid,' " recalls the Saturday Night Live alum.

Fallon adds that the book is also based on "all the traditions you do and the decorating and hot cocoa and the candy canes. So I wanted to do something with that. Then we found an illustrator that just set the right tone. And I'm like, 'This kid with a big head, just dreaming, looking out the window.' "

Fallon teamed up with FAO Schwarz in celebration of his new book, and for a great cause. For every copy sold, the company will donate a toy to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

In fact, FAO Schwarz's flagship store within New York City's Rockefeller Plaza has set up an entire "wonderland" section dedicated to the late-night host's new story.

Also behind the whimsical window display are his "top toy picks for the holiday season," including their dance-on piano mat (made famous by Tom Hanks in 1988's Big), cars, trains, plush toy soldiers, dolls, LED easels and more.

"[Even] if you don't buy anything, the experience of walking around that many toys and that much magic is so cool," Fallon says. "It just makes you feel like a kid again."

5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas is available for purchase now at the FAO Schwarz store and FAO.com.






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Inside the CEW 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards

Cosmetic Executive Women brought its 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards online in a two-day, virtual extravaganza.

Staggered between Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, the event kicked off with opening remarks from Jill Scalamandre, CEW chairwoman, and president of Buxom and BareMinerals. “Never has there been a better time to support a vital business asset: female talent,” Scalamandre said. “CEW is committed to women’s advancement to see what’s here and build what’s next,” she said.

“We will continue to find new ways to support the community, by shifting events to virtual, reducing the price of membership, offering opportunities for networking, and providing new access to information,” Scalamandre said.

True to the times, CEW is also shapeshifting to meet the needs of an industry hit by the coronavirus pandemic and social upheaval. The women who were honored seem to be embracing the shifts — many spoke of the importance of women in leadership roles, women supporting other women and the importance of diversity in leadership. There were even a few mentions of late feminist icon and Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The event kicked off with a major topic in the beauty sphere — racial injustice that women of color, especially Black women, have faced in the beauty industry.

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“It reminds me of a couple of years ago when there was a big awareness around gender, when everyone was saying, ‘Wait, we have a problem,’ and women said, ‘Yeah, we know,’” said Sarah Kunst, managing director of Cleo Capital, in conversation with Scalamandre. “It’s better late than never, and there have been so many amazing initiatives to elevate the voices and brands of Black women in beauty and fashion. It’s not that these women haven’t been there, there just hasn’t been enough attention or money paid for what they bring to the table.”

“The gender and racial biases Black women face in business illustrate just how uneven the playing field is,” Scalamandre said, introducing the organization’s Indie26, a group of Black female founders who are “extraordinary and at the top of their game,” she said.

Scalamandre and Kunst addressed the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on the beauty industry, but also delved into fundraising.

“VC is a numbers game. If you’re seeing traction and have followers on social media or stock your product at a couple of stores with strong repeat rates, then you have something people want to buy,” Kunst said.

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The resurgence of the civil rights movement remained a topic of conversation throughout the event.

Taraji P. Henson, founder and chief executive officer of TPH by Taraji; Melissa Butler, founder and chief executive officer of the Lip Bar; and Mahisha Dellinger, founder and chief executive officer of Curls Beauty Brand — all members of CEW’s Indie26 — joined Andrea Nagel, vice president of content at CEW, for a conversation around beauty products made for Black women.

“This just makes me feel so good as a Black woman,” said Henson. “I remember a time when we didn’t have these options. When you talk about Black beauty, we come in so many shades and so many different hair textures. There isn’t one brand that can cater to one type of hair. All of a sudden, you see this explosion of options, and that’s what warms my heart,” she added.

With the burgeoning market for Black-owned beauty products came unprecedented success for the Lip Bar, Butler said. “In June, we had our biggest month ever in Lip Bar’s history. We had a lot of people being introduced to us for the first time, and I wanted to build long-term connections with our customers, not just accept charity dollars. We’ve grown 80 percent,” she said.

Dellinger, too, saw success, but noted that efforts of big beauty brands to appeal to Black consumers can easily fall flat.

“Brands are coming out of the woodwork. They talk to the Black women in a focus group, put a label on a bottle, and market it to her,” Dellinger said. “No one is a fool to that premise. People can see who’s creating for us. It’s for us, by us. All the other brands you walk in Target and see, we get the consumer because we are them.”

CEW Achiever Award Honorees

CEW’s Achiever Awards’ first installment, with four of the six honorees, also dominated the afternoon. Honorees shared personal stories of storied careers, including pre-COVID-19 career pivots and selling companies.

First up was Maly Bernstein, vice president of beauty and personal care at CVS, interviewed by Helena Foulkes.

Bernstein, who worked for consulting firm McKinsey & Co. on clients in Russia and South Africa, comes from an international background — she was born in Cambodia. She credited her success with tapping into local cultures in the places she worked. “Because I didn’t know the regions well, I had to learn about the consumers and what was going to make a quick impact. At McKinsey, I learned how to look at the data and bold decisions. From the locals, I learned how to look with courage and care,” she said.

As for Bernstein’s approach to retail in the era of the coronavirus, tapping into brand values are key. “We’re focused on being clear on what we stand for: health of the mind, body, and spirit to promote overall health,” she said.

Erica Culpepper, general manager of L’Oréal Multicultural Beauty, celebrated her award with a conversation with Nagel. “Growing up, were you always this hardworking of a leader?” Nagel asked.

“In my own head, I was a very fabulous child, and that energy always pushed me,” Culpepper responded.

Culpepper’s vigor, she said, is a huge part of what brought her through the challenges of 2020. “One of the biggest lessons is you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice,” she said. “We were trying to figure out how as a brand we show up, how do we speak up for issues that are resonating within the community, and where do we find our place,” she said. “The injustice has put a fire in my belly to go harder and fight for what our consumers—and the beauty industry—deserve.”

Next on the docket was honoree Elana Drell-Szyfer, chief executive officer of RéVive Skincare, interviewed by Richard Gersten, managing partner of True Beauty Capital. Drell-Szyfer, an alumna of the Estée Lauder Companies, left her dream position to pursue working at smaller companies. “I had always been working towards running a marketing department, but I wanted to try my hand at leading a company and having an ownership stake in something I was involved with,” Drell-Szyfer told Gersten.

“I lost the support of the company you work for and the title you hold. I had to define myself by my own achievements, and not the logo on my business card,” she continued.

Drell-Szyfer also underscored the importance of putting women in leadership positions, which she didn’t see at larger companies or across boards. “We are an industry where the majority of our consumers are women, and I think if you want to serve your consumers well, you need that equal representation in our leadership ranks,” she said. “That’s everybody’s responsibility: give people a chance, give people development opportunities, the support they need, roll the dice, and see what happens.”

Closing out the awards honorees on the first day were Lilli Gordon, founder and chief executive officer of First Aid Beauty, interviewed by Janet Gurwitch.

Gordon herself, who left her time in finance to bring “hardworking products—the Eucerins, the Aquaphors, the CeraVes—to prestige,” as she put it, took the leap to launch her business when she identified a gap in the market. When she sold First Aid Beauty to P&G in 2018, Gordon said selling the brand was part of her endgame since the business’ launch.

“The first step was our private equity investment, which started with taking personal financial risk off the table, and then working with a private equity group to build a company,” Gordon said. “We knew we had had growth in the United States and saw it coming overseas, and we knew we needed a partner to take us to the next level.”

Although she had several potential buyers for the brand, Gordon likened her choice to dating. “I’m single, and I date. For those of us who date, we know it’s all about chemistry. P&G shared my passion and the passion of my colleagues for First Aid Beauty, which was so critical to me,” she said.

The event’s first day ended with a networking session and a talk from Fran Hauser, author of ‘The Myth of the Nice Girl,’ and start-up investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC. “I’ve embraced leading with kindness and strength,” Hauser said, “and I’ve learned that I don’t need to choose between the two.” Hauser’s top takeaways include creating safe emotional environments, giving direct feedback, connecting as humans with colleagues, speaking up, and setting boundaries.

The event’s second day started with remarks from broadcast journalist Mika Brzezinski, followed with the honoring of Jenny B. Fine, executive editor, beauty at WWD and Beauty Inc. Fine took home the Beauty Industry Champion award, a separate honor from the event’s Achiever Awards.

In an interview with Carlotta Jacobson, president of CEW, Fine outlined her optimistic view of the future. “Beauty is so reflective of the social forces and cultural trends happening today, that that is a key part of how we cover it,” Fine said. “We’re all feeling worry, anxiety and turmoil right now, but when I look at everything that’s happened this year, I’m an optimist. When I look at how resilient and agile the beauty industry is, it makes me excited for the future.”

Fine closed out her remarks with gratitude for the industry. “I feel incredibly honored and incredibly lucky that I get to do what I love every day. All of these women being honored today and yesterday, I was, of course, crying as if we were in the ballroom, and what an incredible group of people. How lucky are we to do this,” she said.

Honoree Jane Lauder, executive vice president, enterprise marketing and chief data officer at Lauder also echoed that industry gratitude. Lauder left the family business to work in advertising, only to come back and rejoin the company.

“I realized that I love the business side of beauty,” she said, finding her footing in data. “The magic happens when you combine data with creativity,” Lauder continued. “It’s about taking the data to mine for the aspirational intelligence, all to figure out what [consumers] would want in the future. It started with Estée, one on one, listening to women, mining that data and figuring out.”

Lauder was interviewed by sister Aerin, of both Aerin and ELC. “She’s my younger sister, but I’ve always looked up to her,” Aerin Lauder said.

Recounting memories of her grandmother, Estée Lauder, Jane Lauder characterized her by her “determination and generosity,” remembering being regaled with fruit baskets during her freshman year at college.

Alexandra Papazian, president of Laura Mercier, also spoke of channeling founder spirit.

“The first priority is to make sure everyone understands the founder’s vision. When we have difficult decisions to make, Laura and I discuss them, and we filter things through three aspects: is this the right thing to do for the brand, is it for the business, and is it for the team? Above anything, what’s important is to have very clear roles,” Papazian said in conversation with Jackie Fields, senior style and beauty editor at People about navigating a founder’s vision.

Papazian characterized the brand as a classic brand, but still had plenty of plans for its evolution. “We will continue to expand the brand into new markets and new categories,” she said. “We see color as a big opportunity for us, as is skin care, being such an expert of complexion.”

CEW Top Talent Award Honorees

The Top Talent honorees — as Scalamandre called them, “women with next generational leadership” — shared many personal stories of some of their formative beauty experiences, and stressed the importance of diversity and equality in the industry moving forward.

“I would ask my mom why she wore so much makeup, and she would say, ‘it’s part of my routine,’” said Vivianna Blanch, vice president, integrated consumer communications at L’Oréal Paris. “Now, I know that it was her armor.”

Blanch, who has prioritized diversity throughout her career, also said that paving the way for others was crucial to her philosophy. “I want to make that path as wide as possible to fit as many women as possible, specifically diverse women,” she said.

Ophelia Ceradini, vice president of digital technology and innovation, also vocalized a familial connection to the beauty world. “I grew up in Brooklyn with a twin brother and immigrant parents. I would not be accepting this award without my mother, and I’d like to share two of the most important lessons she has taught me: first, having the support to achieve your dreams, and second, how beauty and presentation can have an impact,” she said.

“My mother grew up in a culture where women were not treated equally. She was an amazing mother and worked tirelessly for me, so I could pursue my career,” Ceradini said.

Erum Chaudhry, vice president, marketing of beauty and skin care at Christian Dior Parfums, remembered being given a chance by Achiever Award honoree Jane Lauder. “She has inspired me to pay it forward in this industry,” she said. “As members of this beauty community, and as women, we have the distinct privilege of shaping this industry, and with vision and fortitude, I hope we can foster a diverse community for those who are just making their way,” Chaudhry said.

Maris Croswell, senior director of Pantene North America at P&G Beauty, discussed the recent birth of her second child while receiving her honoring. “As I’ve watched my daughter approach life with a zest for possibilities, my belief that every problem we encounter is a possibility has transformed the way I lead my teams and the way I parent my two daughters,” she said. “Luckily, there’s never a shortage of possibilities dressed up as problems in either area.”

Looking back on her career, Chopin Rabin, vice president of global integrated communications at Nars Cosmetics, recounted her own trajectory to beauty. “I came to New York and answered an anonymous ad for a beauty role. When I saw this world out in front of me, I knew it was meant for me and what my career was meant to be focused on. I have never, ever looked back,” Rabin said. “It’s been an endless pursuit of knowledge and being the absolute best at whatever I was asked to do.”

Maria Salcedo, vice president, merchandising and strategy at Ulta Beauty, also said her career has not followed a traditional trajectory, but credits the forces in her work for her success. “As I reflect back, aside from personality traits and support from my husband, continued mentorship and the incredible teams I’ve had, sponsorship has been a defining element in my path,” Salcedo said. “Women tend to be overmentored and undersponsored. Sponsors are advocates, they fight for us when we do not have a voice,” Salcedo said.

For Usha Vijay, vice president of marketing, consumer fragrance at Symrise, Vijay highlighted the gravity of her position. “We have the responsibility to unlock innovation in beauty to enhance the health and wellness of people in societies, to be supportive of business, especially those owned by women,” she said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg would’ve been very proud of us: women leaning in, supporting and honoring fellow professional women for their achievements.”

The Awards’ final recipient was selected by peer vote, and according to Jacobson, overwhelmingly so. Janet Chan, vice president of brand at Nügg Beauty, told her parents she wanted to be a makeup artist, and finally took the leap to Revlon after a career in finance. “I spent every Sunday at Sephora,” Chan said. “To all the young women, I would encourage you to take the leap, to follow your passion and pursue your path, even if it means starting over. It is worth it to do what you love every day.”

The two-day event ended with a send-off from Jacobson and a talk from Kristy Click, senior client officer of Ipsos, who spoke on the shifting impact of gender. “No longer is the conversation about two genders, it’s about the unbundling of gender, sex and identity,” she said. “It’s about how everyone can define themselves for themselves,” adding that social media has amplified the conversation around varying gender identities.

“I encourage each of you to envision a gender-inclusive world, where employers don’t judge new talent, societal norms won’t be an issue five years for our daughters,” said Click. “As the revered Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, ‘real change, encouraging change, happens one step at a time.’”

The event’s sponsors include Meredith Corporation, Harris Williams, 24 Seven, Anisa, DermStore, Nordstrom, P&G Beauty, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, Badger & Winters, WWD, Beauty Inc, Symrise, Moss, Ulta Beauty, Drunk Elephant, Beauty at Amazon, Olaplex, Birchbox, Marina Maher Communications, Goodkind Company, New World Natural Brands, CEI Collective, Kaplow Communications, and Consultancy Media.

10 Key Takeaways

  1. CEW continues to engage members with online events and lower membership costs during the coronavirus pandemic.
  2. Black women have often been overlooked by the industry.
  3. When targeting Black beauty consumers, authenticity cannot be faked.
  4. Thinking long term is key to success.
  5. 2020 showed just how resilient and agile the beauty industry can be.
  6. Marrying data and creativity is imperative to delighting consumers.
  7. Beauty industry executives have a responsibility to support women of diverse backgrounds.
  8. Think of problems as possibility in disguise.
  9. Follow your passion.
  10. Pay attention to the shifting landscape around gender—it will play an inevitable role in consumer identity and subsequently, marketing practices.

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Decorté Makes Push for North America, Signs Brie Larson as Muse

Decorté is betting on North America.

The Kosé-owned Japanese beauty brand is celebrating its 50th year with a handful of initiatives aimed at expanding its North American presence. Decorté launched in the U.S. in 2016 with Saks Fifth Avenue. It found a spokesperson in Kate Moss, who created a kit of her favorite makeup products, available exclusively at Saks. In 2019, the brand held a press event with Moss in New York City to drum up excitement Stateside.

Decorté is now widening its approach: It has signed Brie Larson as its muse to promote the launch of its fragrance category in North America.

In a statement, Kazutoshi Kobayashi, president and chief executive officer of Kosé Corp., said Larson embodies Decorté values “with her intelligence, dignity and beauty with honor.”

“We look forward to Decorté’s next 50 years, and to bringing consumers all over the world the best of Japanese beauty that balances art and science as well as tradition and innovation,” he said.

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In a statement, Larson said she was “amazed” upon learning the history of Decorté’s Moisture Liposome, which launched in 1992.

“As nerdy as this sounds, it’s given me a real appreciation and understanding of how artistry, innovation and technology are all key ingredients to the success of a high-quality beauty product,” Larson said. “It’s not dissimilar to filmmaking, in that way.”

Though it has yet to find its footing in the North American market, Decorté has done $1 billion in retail sales globally, according to industry sources. The company was founded by Kosé founder Kozaburo Kobayashi in 1970 with a focus on skin care that incorporates antiaging technology and proprietary delivery systems. Its hero products include the Moisture Liposome Serum, $95; Prime Latte, $45; Vita de Reve, $45, and the Guasha Plate, $30, which has sold out twice during the pandemic.

Del Valle declined to comment on Decorté’s to-date sales. She said North America accounts for a “small percentage” of the overall business, adding the company is “looking to have aggressive growth.”

Decorté has seen triple-digit growth during COVID-19 on its direct-to-consumer and other channels, according to del Valle.

“Our brick-and-mortar was affected [by the coronavirus pandemic], but we pivoted to focus on our e-commerce,” she said. “As a luxury brand, we’ve always been focused on delivering bespoke experiences in-store. We’ve been redesigning our customer engagement techniques so it’s irrespective of choice of channel. We’ve accelerated our digital capabilities, which includes technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence, big data, all with the end of making sure we can better communicate our brand story, as well as offer more fulfilling brand experiences for our customers.”

Decorté’s 50th anniversary Baccarat collection includes a crystal stand designed by Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders. Courtesy of Decorté

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Decorté is rolling out a global digital initiative, Virtual Voyage, meant to familiarize users with its brand story, ingredients, technologies and Japanese heritage. It will also unveil a partnership with Baccarat for its AQ Meliority Intensive Cream, which retails for $1,000. The Baccarat Edition includes two creams, a spatula made of resin and a Baccarat crystal stand designed by Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders. Each cream in the limited-edition collection comes with a serial number.

Additionally, Decorté will release a 50th anniversary edition of its Liposome Serum, which has been its best-selling serum for more than 25 years.

“Decorté is one of the best-kept secrets in Japan,” del Valle said. “It is well-known for embodying the best of Japanese beauty, but it elevates it because of its balance of art and science, as well as tradition and innovation. The selection and agreement of [Larson] partnering with the brand is underscoring the commitment that Kosé has to developing the North American market with Decorté in particular.”

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Carrie Underwood Praises Son's Christmas Album Performance: 'Loves to Sing'

The cutest collab! Carrie Underwood’s 5-year-old son, Isaiah, joined his mom on her Christmas album, which was released last month.

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“He loves to sing, and he has such a giving, loving heart about him,” the American Idol alum, 37, told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, October 28. “I could just hear his voice [in the song].”

The Oklahoma native, who also shares Jacob, 21 months, with her husband, Mike Fisher, added that their eldest son gave the “Little Drummer Boy” performance “his all.”

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Underwood explained to the outlet: “It’s so pure, and it’s so special. He’s throwing his hands in the air and [was] just so expressive when he was singing it. I was so proud of him, just for giving it his all and the love in his heart because he does love Jesus. At 5 years old, he knows, and he was giving all the love. I’m very proud of him.”

While the little one was “so happy” with the finished song, the Grammy winner noted that Isaiah was critiquing his work.

“I was trying to read his face,” the “Before He Cheats” crooner said. “I felt like he was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ Not like, ‘I could’ve done better,’ but there was something. I’m like, ‘That is me in you for sure.’”

If Isaiah chooses to follow in his mom’s musical footsteps in the future, Underwood will “definitely be supportive.”

As for Jacob, the singer’s youngest child is a “critic,” she joked in June 2019. Underwood posted an Instagram video of her baby boy crying every time Fisher, 40, tried singing Vince Gill’s “I Still Believe in You.” Jacob only stopped when his mom chimed in, crooning the same song.

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Justin Timberlake called the footage “the greatest thing” he’d seen all year, while country singer Lori McKenna wrote, “Oh my GOD. I’ve watched this 1000 times.”

The professional ice hockey player defended his performance, writing, “He was hungry and wanted your food.”

He and Underwood tied the knot in July 2010 in Georgia.

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Carrie Underwood's Son, 5½, Did a 'Great Job' Recording 'Little Drummer Boy' on New Album

Carrie Underwood couldn't be more proud of her son's singing skills.

The Grammy-winning artist appeared on Wednesday's episode of PEOPLE (the TV show!) where she discussed her experience recording the popular tune "Little Drummer Boy" with her son Isaiah, 5½, on her Christmas album My Gift, out now.

"When I first heard it back I was laughing and crying at the same time because it was just this beautiful, pure moment from him," Underwood said of listening to her son's rendition of the song.

"He did such a great job," she continued. "He remembered the lyrics and he sang it with his whole heart."

The mom of two, who shares sons Isaiah and Jacob Bryan, 20 months, with husband Mike Fisher, said her son was so excited in the studio he was "throwing his hands up into the air."

Asked if her eldest son understands that his mom is a famous singer, she said she can "see little lightbulbs coming on."

"It's mainly when other people talk about it to him," she explained. "If we'll be there with a little friend and the friend's mom is like, 'Oooh now this is Carrie Underwood.' "

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Last month, the country singer, 37, made a virtual appearance on the Today show where she shared similar sentiments about Isaiah's role on her first-ever Christmas album.

"Whenever I think of that song, I picture his face and his personality. That is so him," she told hosts Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin. "He would be the kid that would make you something and bring it to you because that's what he had to give you. And that's the whole sentiment behind 'Little Drummer Boy' is bringing what he has to Jesus, which is why I wanted to name the album My Gift."

Underwood said that she helped her son tap into "all his little 5-year-old emotions" to record the song and that she was "the proudest mom in the world" when watching him sing.

"He was just so expressive. When I heard the song back with his sweet little voice on it, I was laughing and crying and just [had] so many emotions," she said. "I'm so proud of him."

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During a recent interview with Radio.com's Katie & Company, Underwood said Isaiah also has his sights set on another holiday: Halloween.

The country singer revealed that her older son wants to dress up as Oogie Boogie, the bug-infested, dice-throwing villain from Disney and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

But Underwood is "having some trouble finding that costume, only because it's for adults," she said.

"Lord help us if I have to make 'Ooogie Boogie,' " she quipped. "So, we're gonna see. Maybe I'll get a potato-sack-type of situation — a burlap sack. Maybe I can make one out of that, I'm not sure. Wish me luck!"

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Looked at myself in the mirror and broke down: Avika Gor on her weight loss journey

Avika Gor looked gorgeous in her post-weight loss pictures, donning a pink and yellow ensemble, which she shared on Instagram

You may not be able to recognise Balika Vadhu actor Avika Gor from her recent pictures that are now doing the rounds on social media. That is because, over the past several months, she revealed that she has shed a lot of kilos.

The 23-year-old actor looked gorgeous in her post-weight loss pictures, donning a pink and yellow striped sari, which she shared on Instagram. She also wrote an inspiring note about her remarkable weight loss journey.

The Sasural Simar Ka actor recalled how she did not like to look at herself — “big arms, legs, a well-earned belly”– in the mirror earlier. “I had let go too much. If it were due to an illness (Thyroid, PCOD, etc), it would be okay because that would be out of my control. But, it happened because I ate anything and everything, and I didn’t work out at all,” she expressed.

Gor struggled with body image issues. She wrote, “Such insecurities run in the head all the time and they make us feel tired and irritated. Hence, I would often snap at my loved ones.”

The actor stressed how we need to respect and treat our bodies well. “Our bodies deserve to be treated well, but I didn’t respect it. I disliked the way I looked so much that I couldn’t even completely enjoy dancing (which I love) without thinking ‘how I must look right now’. I got so busy judging myself and feeling bad that I didn’t leave any scope for outsiders to make me feel bad,” she further wrote.

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I still remember one night last year, when I looked at myself in the mirror & I broke down. I didn’t like what I saw. Big arms, legs, a well earned belly. I had let go too much. If it were due to an illness(Thyroid,PCOD, etc), it would be okay because that would be out of my control. But, it happened because I ate anything & everything, and I didn’t workout at all. Our bodies deserve to be treated well, but I didn’t respect it. As a result, I disliked the way I looked so much that I couldn’t even completely enjoy dancing (which I love) without thinking “how I must look right now”. I got so busy judging myself & feeling bad that I didn’t leave any scope for outsiders to make me feel bad. Such insecurities run in the head all the time & they make us feel tired & irritated. Hence, I would often snap at my loved ones. Well, one fine day I decided that it was enough, and that I must evolve. Nothing changed overnight. I just started to focus on the right things… things that I should be proud of(like dancing). I kept trying to eat better & working out, and I had various setbacks. But, it was important that I didn’t stop. And my people were constantly there to guide me. Long story short, I looked at myself in the mirror this morning & I didn’t feel the need to look away. I smiled at myself, and told myself that I’m beautiful. And you, the person reading this, you are beautiful as well. We all have a lot to offer & we must actively work on that, rather than feeling sad about what we can’t do. But, we MUST do what’s in our control. Today, I am comfortable in my own skin. Today, I’m peaceful. And I hope you are too? Share your stories of self-love in the comments. Let’s make self-love cool! – Love & Light Avika☀️

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That is then that she decided to start focussing on her health. “I kept trying to eat better and working out, and I had various setbacks. But, it was important that I didn’t stop. And my people were constantly there to guide me.”

Being healthy is all about making choices, said Gor in another Instagram post. “Between a healthy (which can also be tasty) meal and junk food, you can guess what I always chose. I didn’t eat for food, I ate for my mood, and that choice ain’t good…It took constant reminders, forced reflection and a strong support system for me to gradually move out of the wrong choices.”

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We make the choices & then the choices make us who we are. Like right now, you chose to read this caption, & this choice makes you AWESOME! Although, I must tell you that I didn’t make the best possible choices for a long time & it impacted my life significantly. Where do I start? Vadapav? Oh I love Vadapav! Give me 2 mins, I’ll be back. OK wait. No. “No, Avika! Bad choice!” I mean good choice for taste, but bad for health. 🙁 Why couldn’t Vadapav be healthy for us? Anyway, between a smile & a frown, I used to subconsciously choose the frown all the time. My face only came to normal when things were great, & I rarely smiled! Between a healthy(which can also be tasty) meal & junk food, you can guess what I always chose. I didn’t eat for food, I ate for my mood, and that choice ain’t gooood. (Did you try to rhyme it?)😉 I thought, I anyways don’t look great, what do I have to lose with a few extra french fries. Well, I know what I gained! (Kgs)😑 Between half glass full and half glass empty, I chose to see the emptiness almost everytime. I would marinate in negative emotions for days at times, & not once count my blessings. But it had to change because these choices were making me hollow!!! And it was really hard. ( Not letting go of Vadapavs, letting go of the negative emotions. ) It took constant reminders, forced reflection & a strong support system for me to gradually move out of the wrong choices. I still make the wrong choices, but it’s less frequent & when I do, I quickly try to improve it. After all, it’s a short life, the least we can do is try to get better. 😊 What choices did you make today? What would you like to change about them?

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She added, “I still make the wrong choices, but it’s less frequent and when I do, I quickly try to improve it. After all, it’s a short life, the least we can do is try to get better.”

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Chrissy Teigen Thanks Hillary Clinton for Sharing Her Essay on Pregnancy Loss: 'I'm So Honored'

Chrissy Teigen returned to social media on Tuesday after a month-long break following her tragic pregnancy loss — and one day later is thanking Hillary Clinton for sharing her essay on the experience.

Clinton, 73, shared Teigen's essay on Twitter Wednesday, calling the cookbook author brave for speaking out about such a heartbreaking — and often taboo — topic.

Teigen, 34, quickly reacted, saying she is "honored" that the former Secretary of State shared her words.

"oh my god Hillary Clinton just tweeted my essay now I have to delete the stupid videos I just posted oh my god please dont look at them Hillary Clinton," Teigen wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet that included Clinton's, Teigen added, "I’m so honored @hillaryclinton. You have dedicated your life to fighting for women’s and children’s health, so to have you share my piece about my experience means the absolute world to me. Wow. Wow."

"Thank you, @chrissyteigen, for your bravery and grace in starting a hard conversation to help other families heal alongside yours," Clinton's original tweet read. 

On Tuesday, Teigen announced that she had returned to social media after taking a break for about a month.

"I've missed posting my cookbook journey," the Cravings author said, sharing a video on her Instagram Story of some veggies sizzling in the oven. "I [am] so incredibly proud — it will absolutely be my best ever."

"I got to step away from the world and do something I love, but truly missed being able to bring you along for the journey," Teigen continued. "I love and missed you guys."

"I'm back!" she added.

The Instagram Story video came the same day that Teigen shared a heartfelt essay about the loss of her and husband John Legend's son Jack at 20 weeks pregnant. She first shared the news of the tragedy on Instagram on September 30.

In her essay, Teigen opened up about the pain of losing Jack, and also the gratitude she has for all who have shared their similar stories with her.

"People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart," Teigen wrote. "A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty, this space. It feels full."

To conclude the piece, Teigen wrote, "I wrote this because I knew for me I needed to say something before I could move on from this and return back to life, so I truly thank you for allowing me to do so."

"Jack will always be loved, explained to our kids as existing in the wind and trees and the butterflies they see. Thank you so much to every single person who has had us in their thoughts or gone as far as to send us your love and stories. We are so incredibly lucky."

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