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Racked NY editor Tiffany Yannetta: I have skin that's prone to dry patches and oil spots, so finding a regime that works in the winter is a challenge. I don't want to jinx myself, but I think I found it with Origins. Their Modern Friction Exfoliator is great for sensitive skin, and has done wonders for my texture and overall complexion.
I use it twice a week before bed, followed by the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. It's a great moisturizer, and keeps my skin from drying out post-exfoliant.
Code of the Sea Necklace, $150 at Digby & Iona
If you're not into the questions or the person, the Code of the Sea necklace can help keep the small talk to a minimum. Engraved on one side of the silver dagger is "If I tell you" and on the flip side "I'll have to kill you."
People always want to inspect the necklace once they notice it, and afterward they're either charmed or hesitant. Depending on how you're feeling, you can then determine whether you want to let them know your secrets or keep them at bay.
Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade, $21 at Aveda
Racked Philly editor Julie Davis: I recently got Zooey Deschanel-style bangs on a whim. For someone with thick, wavy hair like me, this is the beauty equivalent of adopting a puppy on impulse, or getting tattooed while on a bender. Like bringing home a new baby, the first few weeks with bangs were rough, but Aveda's Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade has made the adjustment period a little easier.
I'm not sure what sorcery is behind this stuff, but it's dynamite at controlling flyaways, keeping frizz at bay, and giving my bangs a little bit of weight. Just heat a dime-sized amount between your hands and run it through your hair, wet or dry, before or after styling. While I haven't tested it against the humidity of Philly's summer months, I have high hopes for next year. And if all else fails—well, that's why bobby pins exist.
Sam Edelman Louie ankle fringe boot, $96 to $160 on Amazon.com
Racked National editor Leslie Price: These Sam Edelman fringe ankle boots have been around for years, which is a testimony to their timelessness and wearability. They're heeled but ultra-comfortable, ever so slightly trendy yet also pretty classic, and so well priced. No wonder that out of the more than 60 reviews of the style on Amazon, many buyers confessed to stocking up on multiple pairs. If you need evidence of how they appear on the foot, look no further than Louie superfan Jessica Biel, pictured here wearing them.
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