Sephora Counters Are Launching at Kohl’s in 2021

Sephora and Kohl’s are coming together in a major way in 2021. 

On December 1, the beauty giant announced a longterm partnership with the affordable retailer that it’s aptly calling “Sephora at Kohl’s.” The initial 200 locations (with 850 expected by 2023) will launch in the fall of 2021 and are described in a press release as “fully-immersive, premium beauty destination, designed within a 2,500 square foot space and prominently located at the front of the store.” The beauty section on Kohls.com will also get an overhaul to feature “an expanded assortment of Sephora‘s prestige product offerings.”

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This all sounds pretty amazing, if you ask us. 

“At Sephora, delivering a strong client experience through passionate employees is at the heart of who we are, and we are thrilled to find a partner who shares this identity. This is not a pop-up collaboration, but an investment our brand partners can rely on for the long-term; as a company with a history of sustained decades-long partnerships, Sephora has every confidence in the future of this collaboration and the unique experiences it will bring to consumers across the U.S.,”  Jean-André Rougeot, President & CEO of Sephora Americas, said in a press release. “Our partnership will be built on expanding our complementary reach and scale in-store and online, creating customer-centric, prestige experiences, collaborating on new innovations, and living our shared values. We fully believe Kohl’s is the ideal partner to bring this vision to life.”

After the garbage year that has been 2020, good news and things to look forward to in 2021 are more welcome than ever. For fellow beauty junkies, more access to all the beauty brands Sephora has to offer is definitely on top of the list. Just think of how fun it will be when we can all shop in stores and use testers again in a post-vaccine world. 

11 Claymation Christmas Movies That Will Remind You of Your Childhood

One of my favorite holiday traditions is curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a bunch of those Claymation Christmas movies. You know the ones: the whimsical, slightly-creepy stop-action movies from the ‘60s, ’70s, and ‘80s where the characters are made from clay and go on a bevy of seasonal adventures. Most star characters you know—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, etc.—but a few center on narratives you may’ve never heard, like The Story of the First Christmas Snow. 

You can’t go wrong with any of these films, though, so just take your pick and transport yourself back to childhood. If you need help choosing, here are 11 classic Claymation Christmas movies that will give you all the holiday feels. 

It’s been a stressful year, but at least you can count on Hollywood to come through with the holiday cheer. After all, what’s more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas tree farmer? So decompress with All the Jingle Ladies, our guide to the best holiday movies.

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

The story of Rudolph has come to life in more sophisticated ways, but never with the heart of this 1964 Claymation movie. I’ve seen it hundreds of times and it still hasn’t lost its magic. Shout-out to Hermey the Elf, a supporting character in the movie who just wants to be a dentist but the other elves make fun of him. He deserves the world. 

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2. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

This genuinely moving film centers on a young shepherd, Lucas, who’s blinded by lightning and taken in by nuns. Lucas has never seen snow and relies on one of the nuns, Sister Theresa, to experience it. But when the snow that falls during an annual Christmas pageant works a miracle, Lucas’s life is forever changed. 

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3. Jack Frost (1979)

Legendary actor Robert Morse voices Jack Frost in this movie, a winter sprite who can live forever but falls in love with a human girl named Elisa. Insert complications. 

How 13 Busy Women Unwind in 2020

“The best thing I’ve done for myself this year was to learn how to protect my peace and manage the anxiety that 2020 brought. A good night’s sleep is so essential to wellness, especially as the mom of a 4-year-old. I love to take some Be Jubie CBD oil to help make sure that my nights aren’t spent tossing and turning. If I learned anything from this year, it’s that mental health is primary and that thanks to this [THC-free, sustainable] oil, it can come in the form of 1,000 mgs of pure zen. ” —Naeemah LaFond, hairstylist and Amika Global Artistic Director

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“Every night after I put the kids to bed, I take a bath. Post bath, I light a D.S. + Durga Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle and pat my face with Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops and feel immediately calm.” —Tanya Taylor, designer

D.S. + Durga Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

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“I got pregnant during the lockdown in San Francisco and the one thing that makes me unwind is my at-home yoga spot: a mat, a pair of blocks and, more recently, I acquired a yoga blanket. When I feel stressed and tense, I turn off the lights and do a 30-minute prenatal yoga session on Obe Fitness. My favorite pose is to have the blocks on my back and the [blanket] on me with a lavender pillow on my eyes, I could stay like this for hours.” —Dr. Elsa Jungman PhD, skin scientist and founder of skin-care line Dr. Elsa Jungman.

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How 14 Busy Women Unwind in 2020

The best thing I’ve done for myself this year was to learn how to protect my peace and manage the anxiety that 2020 brought. A good night’s sleep is so essential to wellness, especially as the mom of a 4-year-old. I love to take some Be Jubie CBD oil to help make sure that my nights aren’t spent tossing and turning. If I learned anything from this year, it’s that mental health is primary and that thanks to this [THC-free, sustainable] oil, it can come in the form of 1,000 milligrams of pure zen. —Naeemah LaFond, hairstylist and Amika Global Artistic Director

Be Jubie Natural CBD Oil

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Be Jubie

Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

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Every night after I put the kids to bed, I take a bath. Post-bath, I light a D.S. + Durga Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle and pat my face with Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops and feel immediately calm. —Tanya Taylor, designer

D.S. + Durga Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle

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Nordstrom

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

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I got pregnant during the lockdown in San Francisco, and the one thing that makes me unwind is my at-home yoga spot: a mat, a pair of blocks, and more recently, I acquired a yoga blanket. When I feel stressed and tense, I turn off the lights and do a 30-minute prenatal yoga session on Obe Fitness. My favorite pose is to have the blocks on my back and the [blanket] on me with a lavender pillow on my eyes—I could stay like this for hours. —Elsa Jungman, Ph.D., skin scientist and founder of skin-care line Dr. Elsa Jungman.

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Benevolence LA Hand-Woven Yoga Blanket

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Celebrity Moms On the “Me Time” Rituals That Help Them Unwind

“I run on the treadmill while playing a game on my phone to help me unwind. I follow that by spending a little time in a steam room. And beading is also therapeutic for me.” 

Christina Milian stars in the reality series Really, Truly, Maybe with Christina Milian, a KIN Original Series

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“I’m a morning person so I make that my me time. I go for a run or bike ride before the sun comes up. I avoid checking emails or social media to keep my mind clear. I love the stillness and the connection with the promise of the day. When I get home, I’ll make an oat rose latte. I make Illy espresso in a stovetop espresso maker, warm up oat milk, add raw honey and a teaspoon of rose water and stir. I’ll then turn on the Netflix ‘fireplace’ and read a book or just enjoy more tranquil time and delicious coffee.” 

Cara Buono stars in Stranger Things on Netflix, which is currently filming its fourth season

Gina Torres

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“I can’t remember a time when the country as a whole was being asked to manage not just an economic storm, but an emotional and spiritual one as well. My self care always starts from the perspective of nurturing my youngest self. What brought me joy then often gives me joy now. Making my favorite meal—Picadillo—like my mom used to and sharing it with people I love. Or losing myself in a great musical movie such as On The Town or Neptune’s Daughter. And having a dance-off with my daughter after dinner. Every day you wake up with breath in your lungs is a day to celebrate and find your joy.” 

Gina Torres can next be seen in the FOX series 911: Lone Star

Genevieve Padalecki

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“It’s challenging to find time to unwind, but what’s helped me keep my sanity is getting lost in a book. I have really enjoyed reading Lisa Donovan’s memoir, Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger, David Chang’s Eat a Peach, and Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. If the kids are around, puzzles are a great activity we can do together. (Like the Jiggy x I Am A Voter puzzles.) But sometimes if I am feeling angsty, I will literally lock myself in my closet, turn on some Lord Huron, have a glass of wine, and journal without giving a f*ck. It’s the release of the day onto a piece of paper that is really helpful. I also have a tendency to remove myself from situations when I can’t think, so I’ll go hiking and get back to my senses. Being out in nature helps center me.” 

Genevieve Padalecki can next be seen in Walker on The CW; she is the founder of the lifestyle site Now & Gen

11 New ‘Me Time’ Activities to Try After You’ve Done All the 1,000-Piece Puzzles

Incorporating “me time” has been a necessary survival tactic in 2020—but it’s easy to blow it off, especially nowadays. As the world slowly reopens, you may find yourself bogged down with the responsibilities you had pre-pandemic, and me time can fall to the wayside. But it’s important to remember we’re not totally back to normal yet. Those feelings of anxiety and hopelessness from March can still pop up, and it’s important to combat them.

So think back to how you originally dealt with the stress of 2020. Did you go on walks? Bake banana bread? Put together 1,000-piece puzzles? Integrating “me time” into your schedule again is key to ensuring you can handle what’s left of the pandemic—and what’s coming in our “new normal.” If you can’t bear to do another puzzle, though, I hear ya. Try these 11  “me time” activities instead. I’m already starting to feel more relaxed.

Have a dance party for one

This is more than just turning your Spotify on shuffle and jumping around. Make a curated playlist for the vibe you want. All Taylor Swift songs, maybe? Or Taylor Swift remixes? The possibilities are endless. Then, dim the lights for a club aesthetic and get your blood pumping. I recommend spinning your perfectly-crafted playlist all the way through—no shuffling! You’re a DJ now.

Binge-watch a new series

You’ve probably watched a million shows this year, so switch up your queue by playing a little Roku Roulette. Peruse the Netflix titles you haven’t seen yet that look intriguing, write the names on slips of paper, and drop them in a hat. Then, draw one—and only one. Whatever you select, you have to watch from start to finish  And don’t cheat! That ruins the fun. 

Plan a super luxurious bath (or shower)

If you haven’t been able to go to a spa this year, turn your bathroom into one. You don’t need much to take bath-slash-shower time to the next level. Adding a yummy new bottle of bubble bath, some Epsom salts, or a fresh body wash will do the trick. I’m a sucker for lavender scents, and Kneipp has a very affordable bubble bath I adore. See some of my other recs, below:

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Decorate cookies

You’ve baked dozens of cookies this year, but did you ever decorate them? That’s where the joy really lies, people. Rustle out that chocolate chip cookie recipe you swore by in March and April, then order a huge bottle of icing—with a nozzle—and go to town. Picasso is shaking.

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Try an adult coloring book

You laugh, but it’s incredibly soothing. Just blocking off 30 minutes a day for some paint-by-numbers crayon action will do wonders for your mental health. You can even buy a coloring book that’s perfectly tailored to your interests. There’s truly something for everyone, I promise. (See, below, a coloring book of celebrity mugshots. Yup.)

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Explore your favorite actor’s filmography

If you stan someone new, like Lili Reinhart, this activity won’t take long. But if you’re a Julianne Moore or Viola Davis or Meryl Streep buff, there are so many hidden gems to discover. Pick a seasoned actor you admire and start watching their movies and shows in chronological order. Not only will you get to revisit some of your favorites, you may even find new ones.

Revisit a reality show from the 2000s

This is the perfect cure for end-of-2020 burnout. After a long day of work, make it a point to pop open a bottle of wine and settle in on an old season of America’s Next Top Model, The Hills, or The Bachelor. You can find many of these titles on Hulu, but pro-tip: Don’t jump around. Pick one season of a show and see it through. Habitual activities like this are way more calming than TV shuffle.

Cook yourself an elaborate meal

I’m talking something decadent. Something extensive. Something that will distract you for a few hours on a cold Saturday afternoon. Completely dedicating your mind to something outside of yourself does wonders—and the end result of this challenge is food. A win-win! If you want to share your grub with friends or family, that’s your prerogative, but I recommend doing it just for you. Your roommate can cook her own five-course meal, thank you very much.

Food newbies should start with Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook. It’s a great place to find recipes you’ll actually want to make—and eat.

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Do your very own paint-and-sip

A paint-and-sip is exactly what it sounds like: You paint while drinking wine. This is typically something you do with friends at an event space on Tuesday nights, but why not bring the party home? All you need is a canvas, a paint set, and a bottle of your favorite wine. Then, pick an iconic piece of art—or just something you like—and try to recreate it. Like following a recipe, the mental focus this takes will dissolve your problems for a few hours and supply some calm.

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Stretched Canvas for Painting

Start a Zoom book club

Like binge-watching, you’ve probably read a lot this year, so let’s shake up your lit time with a Zoom book club. Even if it’s just once a week for 30 minutes, meeting with friends to discuss something other than the horrors of 2020 will do wonders for your soul. Plus, you may end up discovering a book you otherwise wouldn’t have read. 

Elevate your nap game

If you’re not napping in 2020, then what are you doing? Staying rested is key to keeping your stress levels down, but many of us—myself included—have had trouble sleeping this year for obvious reasons. Buying a weighted blanket or silk eye mask may be just the thing you need to get excited about crawling into bed. A third of your life is spent sleeping, after all. You deserve an oasis—yes, even for a 20-minute nap.

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The Women Who Saved the 2020 Election Are Already Back to Work

What does Wanda Mosley, an organizer for Black Voters Matter in Georgia, say when she hears people gushing that Georgia and Black women saved America? “First I say, ‘You’re welcome.’ Secondly I say, ‘Yes, we did.’ And next, I say, ‘However, we did not do this to save you, we did this to save ourselves.’”

Biden is the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years—thanks in large part to turnout by Black voters, whose communities organized to massively increase voter registration and get voters to the polls. Black voters, and Black women especially, rose to the political moment because of real need, says Mosley, not out of a desire to do anyone a favor. Schools and hospitals in Black areas need to be funded the way they are in predominantly white areas. Jobs need to be saved, so people can eat. “For Black people, electoral work is also a form of harm reduction,” she says.

Biden’s win in Georgia wasn’t a random upset. It was the result of years and years of organizing by activists fighting what Mosley calls “voter suppression 2.0,” a combination of everything from low wages, to under-trained election workers, to voting machines with no power cords, which result in excruciatingly long lines on election day. “If i’m one of the people who makes $5.15 an hour or even $9 an hour, I don’t have a car, and there’s no public transportation, I literally cannot afford to be in line for four or five or eight hours,” says Mosley, citing minimum wage in Georgia. Yet Mosley—along with the heroic efforts of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action, and other organizations on the ground—got voters to rise to the moment. 

In Georgia, the election isn’t over. The historically red state turned blue in the presidential election, but runoff elections in January for both of the state’s Senate seats will determine which party has control over the chamber for the whole country. 

As the climactic runoff elections approach, “The energy in Georgia is electric,” Mosley says. But pressure from across the country, as Mosley puts it, “Georgia, come save us, we love you, we need you” isn’t really relevant to Black voters. “Our role is to find things that are relatable, find what will motivate Black voters to come out,” she says. That means having meaningful conversations with voters about what the Senate can do if Democrats take control—specifically passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, as well as the George Floyd I Can’t Breathe Act, which would be a sweeping change in the federal approach to policing and prisons, and the HEROES Act, a COVID-19 stimulus package. And if the Senate feels too theoretical, how about monthly bills? With a seat up for election on the Public Services Commission, which sets utility costs,  Mosley and her colleagues are on the ground making sure folks know that their bills are on the ballot.

Mosley’s group’s work has found success through organizing community leaders in rural areas of Georgia that have dirt roads and no public transportation. On a visit to one such area, women leaders in the town proudly told Mosley that they were phone banking to get out the vote, and Mosley asked them what group they worked with to get their lists of voters to call. “Well sweetie, we don’t have a list,” she remembers one lady saying. “We just get out the phonebook and we get together on Sundays and we call folks in the community and tell them that an election is coming.” 

It’s encounters like this that energize Mosley. “When you think about that kind of commitment and determination and love for community,” she says, “If you marry them with just a few resources like an organized list and a script and some other materials, the sky’s the limit on the effect they can have in their community.” 

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Are Reportedly Dating

Rihanna may have a new man in her life—well, sort of. 

Sources tell People that the singer/beauty mogul is dating A$AP Rocky—but the two have been friends for a long time, and this isn’t the first time romance rumors have popped up. The New York Post reported they were out together in New York City on November 30 with a group of friends, which certainly isn’t evidence they’re actually together, though we’d love to see it. 

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have hit red carpets together in the past, including 2019’s The Fashion Awards in London. And this summer, she tapped him to star in a Fenty Skin campaign. (He was also an opening act on part of her Diamonds World Tour in 2013.)

Whether or not they are a couple or just really good friends, the pair had undeniable chemistry in videos they filmed for Vogue and GQ while promoting Fenty Skin in July. The vibe was, shall we say, flirty. 

At one point A$AP Rocky asks Rihanna what her skin type is. “My skin type is just as complicated as men are,” she replied. “Y’all always try to say women are complicated? It’s y’all!” She then asked him the same question, and he simply answered, “Handsome.”

In the GQ video, A$AP Rocky talks about the “hardest part” of working with Rihanna. 

“I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin’ off and laughing the whole time. Like this s— is comedy,” he said. “That’s the hardest part. You know, people be so cool it’s hard not to, not to laugh. That’s all. But it was fun. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it’s still work at the end of the day.”

After watching both videos, we bet you’ll be hard-pressed not to ‘ship this two, even just a little bit. 

How We’re Redefining the Concept of Alone Time

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Finding personal enrichment

“Me” time has always meant pampering myself, but in 2020 it represents self-preservation. It’s the intersection between the art of saying no and cultivating joy by understanding who I am and what I need. I’ve recognized that my emotions and mental health need extra attention—so having a release that’s self-enriching like listening to a full album, meditating, journaling, curating mood boards that get my creative juices flowing, or practicing my French. —Ruhama Wolle

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Candles, TV, drinks, PJs, TV—the list goes on

When I want to really invest in my own relaxation these days, I start by changing everything about my circumstances: I shower, change into clean pajamas, turn on a spotify playlist called something like, “Jazz not annoying,” light a candle, give myself multiple drink options, place a stack of inviting novels next to me, sit on a well-made bed, and do my skin care or watch a very low-stakes TV show. Every possible #basicbitch relaxation tactic I have ever heard of, I do. It’s not like I’m going to a lot of spas or vacations right now, so I use everything I do have at my disposal—the temperature, the scent, the sound, the beverages, the comfort of a closing door. I try to overwhelm myself with tiny, lovely things.  —Jenny Singer, staff writer

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Safeguarding my energy 

“Me time” this year hasn’t been a particular time or day—because it’s one and the same at this point. It’s been more of how I approach safeguarding my energy, which is a 24/7 operation. I’ve been giving myself more license to not respond to texts or DMs immediately and not feel guilty about it. I’m also hopping in the shower or going for a walk when I feel anxiety building or start to get stuck on unproductive but consuming thoughts. —Michella Oré, editorial assistant

12 Holiday Movies That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

Some holiday movies just shouldn’t have been made, plain and simple. Don’t get us wrong: Bad Christmas movies can be fun—please see: Hallmark and Lifetime’s entire bread and butter—but some flicks are so poorly done, they’re just painful. They’ve moved right past “so bad, it’s good” and landed on…well, bad. 

These 12 holiday movies, below, are some of Hollywood’s worst offenders. I know what you’re thinking: Love Actually?! But hear us out: We don’t reject the whole movie, just certain parts. And as for The Polar Express, which has become a beloved Christmas classic for many: That animation is nightmare-inducing. There’s no way around it. Plus, don’t even get us started on the bevy of pointless sequels and remakes out there. Did we really need a third Santa Clause movie? Or a second (!!!) Black Christmas reboot? Really?!

But if you are in the mood to watch these films, we’ve provided streaming links. Proceed at your own risk.

It’s been a stressful year, but at least you can count on Hollywood to come through with the holiday cheer. After all, what’s more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas tree farmer? So decompress with All the Jingle Ladies, our guide to the best holiday movies.