The Crown Review: Season Three Is Here and More Addictive Than Ever

“Margaretology” followed a similar pattern of introducing a domestic drama and complicating it with politics. Elizabeth has the crown, Margaret’s got the charisma, and each sister envies the other. And when Britain needs a bailout from the United States at the same time that Margaret and her husband are on a tour of the U.S., the diplomats set up one of my all-time favorite kinds of plot: “You have to go to this fancy dinner in order to save the day.” Again, very Gossip Girl.

While the first two seasons of The Crown balanced love, sex, and secrets with stuffy state dinners and sitting for oil portraits, it’s all combined in the third. And here, the party is in the boardroom and the personal is political. As I watched members of the royal family jockey for status, I was reminded of HBO’s Succession, another series about a powerful family ruling over an empire.

Episode three, “Aberfan,” is a somber episode, though, centered on a disaster that killed over a hundred schoolchildren in a small mining town in Wales. But even with the serious subject matter, the story is dramatic—and more emotional than ever. In fact, feelings are the whole point: Elizabeth laments to Prime Minister Wilson that, even after witnessing the devastation firsthand, she can’t cry. She fears there’s something wrong with her. Wilson reframes her disposition in a positive way, characterizing it as strength and admitting that he, like all leaders, is different in public than in private.

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I thought about that scene for a while. Was it appropriate to make a devastating tragedy all about whether or not a woman, who didn’t even lose anyone, cries? And what’s with the focus on her tears? But…Hillary Clinton caused a whole to-do 50 years later when she shed a tear publicly. And while I didn’t love how this thoughtful, capable woman was insecure about her own emotionality until a man told her it was OK, how many other people can truly relate to a monarch? It’s not like she can text the Boss Ladies Heads of State group chat. Ultimately, her Royal Highness listens to a recording of the townspeople singing a hymn and a tear wells up in each eye. In that moment, I understood exactly what that scene was all about: making sure Olivia Colman wins a well-deserved Emmy.

To be clear, it’s not like The Crown has suddenly turned into a soapy drama the level of Gossip Girl or even Succession. Rather, there’s a subtle—and, in my opinion, necessary—shift in the focus and pacing of the storytelling. Fans of The Crown will still see the show they loved, but things have picked up just enough to be noticeable. And according to my highly unscientific analysis (i.e. I Googled a few things), the season three’s episodes are on average five-ish minutes shorter than previous seasons. That tracks: The world in The Crown is moving quicker, too. It’s the sixties, and nobody is writing letters or wiring across continents. The news cycle is speeding up, which means so is the palace’s response, which means a whole scandal can fit into one episode, which means there’s room in the season for more drama. And isn’t that what we really want from a royal family, anyway?

I can think of no higher praise for The Crown‘s third season than this: After the third episode, I was supposed to start writing this review. Instead, I clicked play on episode four. Because for the first time, I didn’t just want to watch The Crown—I wanted to binge it.

Elizabeth Logan is a writer and comedian based in New York.

These Are the Products a Beauty Editor Reaches for in Winter

While I find myself looking forward to the holidays, I can’t say I’m excited for winter itself. Despite growing up in New England, I’ve never liked the cold, and the shorter days certainly have an effect on my mood. But the worst thing about the cold—even worse than being married to my puffer coat for the next five months—is the havoc it wreaks on my skin. Suddenly I’m dealing with dry, flaky patches, irritation, and redness on top of my usual acne. Festive!

Instead of digging through my usual product stash, I’ve been playing with new makeup and skin-care products from IPSY that have soothed my cold-weather complexion and almost has me ready for Arctic temperatures.

IPSY is a customized service that sends you five new products to play with each month. Unlike some other beauty boxes, IPSY’s bags are personalized to you through an in-depth quiz, so you’re only getting products that work for you. In addition to the Glam Bag, which sends you five deluxe sample-size products for $12 a month, and the Glam Bag Plus, which gets you five full-size products for $25, you can also shop all the items from current and past bags online.

This month was all about winterizing my beauty routine: swapping in skin-care products that are better-suited to the season, and—ahead of the holidays—transitioning to makeup that feels a little festive. From the perfect body cream to the most natural-looking highlighter, scroll on to see the products I’ve been loving from this month’s bag.

The deluxe sample-size products below are from the IPSY Glam Bag. The full-size products are from the Glam Bag Plus. All prices below are for full-size products.

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Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream

It’s easy to neglect body care, but once it gets cold it’s crucial to treat everything from the neck down with the same TLC your face gets. This yummy cream has a plush, whipped texture and that instantly hydrates and leaves your skin baby soft. Did I mention it smells like fresh coconut cream? Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream, $45

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Gigi Gorgeous Less is More Lip Gloss

I’ve embraced the return of lip gloss with open arms, and I love that this one is made by one of my favorite Youtubers, Gigi Gorgeous. It’s crazy shiny without being sticky, and the subtle shimmer makes my lips look fuller. It’s been a go-to for the office and nights out alike. Gigi Gorgeous Less is More Lipgloss, $16

The Crown Season 3 Is Finally Here, and People Are Obsessed

It’s been almost two years since we’ve had new episodes of Netflix’s The Crown—but that all changed Sunday, November 17, when the streaming platform dropped season three into our feeds.

The show picks up in the 1960s with Olivia Colman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth, taking over for Claire Foy. There’s a nod to this change in first episode, when the queen is looking at postage stamps of her younger self and then calls herself an “old bat.” The rest of the cast is new, as well, with Helena Bonham Carter as the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies (of Outlander fame) as her husband, Prince Philip. “It’s a bit like changing contact lenses,” creator Peter Morgan told Entertainment Weekly about adjusting to new actors in the roles. “I think it takes you about five minutes to get used to it.” And Colman joked about taking over for the very popular Foy. “It’s horrendous,” she said. “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!”

In the first few episodes, we see Queen Elizabeth facing a crumbling British economy, a new prime minister, the death of Winston Churchill, feelings of inadequacy when compared to her “dazzling” younger sisters, and a heartbreaking national tragedy in Wales. And that’s before we get into the lives of her two oldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

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Needless to say, fans are stoked about The Crown‘s return, and they took to social media to rave. “I binge-watched #TheCrown and I have no regrets,” one person tweeted. “And Princess Anne! Unapologetically loving casual sex, giving zero f&%ks, throwing all the shade at her family, saving reputations, and giving her grandmother the public adoration she deserved.”

The Crown is currently in production on season four, which is when we will first meet Princess Diana. We can hardly wait.

How Sheinelle Jones Chose What to Wear When She Became a ‘Today’ Show Anchor

Broadcast journalist Sheinelle Jones moved her family to New York from Philly for her dream job on NBC’s Today show. Five years later she’s the cohost of the beloved morning show’s third hour, the co-anchor of the Saturday edition of Weekend Today, and a correspondent for all platforms of NBC News. When she came in to record her episode of Glamour‘s new podcast What I Wore When,—during which I talk to women about an outfit they chose during a pivotal moment in their lives—she chose to talk about the dress she wore to her first day on the job.

If you think picking out a dress for work can be stressful, imagine having to do it with the knowledge that millions of people will be seeing—and maybe judging—it. The dress she chose: A floral, fitted Cynthia Rowley stretchy sheath that she got at Nordstrom. The dress, she told me, still holds up.

“You know what’s crazy, is that when I close my eyes to think about how I would look, and I opened my eyes to what I had on. I looked better than I imagined I could look.”

Jones’ first day as a ‘Today’ anchor five years ago—and the Cynthia Rowley dress she still loves. (Courtesy of Sheinelle Jones)

I was particularly excited to talk to Sheinelle. Growing up, my family always had the Today show on as we got ready in the morning and so, as an adult, I’ve remained loyal, even during the show’s ups and downs. One of the program’s bright spots, for me, is the number of women broadcasters they’ve introduced during the last few years.

When she came in for our interview, Sheinelle, 41, was in the process of booking parent-teacher conferences straight from her phone—I have a 10-month-old, so didn’t know that was a thing—and talked openly about the challenges of working six days a week while raising three children. Even though I was the one asking the questions, I felt comfortable talking to Sheneille—especially when she put her interviewer hat on and turned some questions back on me.

She was cool and real and we bonded over our love of shopping at men’s stores in the ‘90s (shout out, Structure), she explained how “news girls” (her words) choose their outfits and why the Today show trusts its talent to dress themselves, aging, and the fact that she still doesn’t own an “I’m successful!” handbag despite being, in fact, quite successful. She also broke into song four times which I found highly enjoyable.

Toward the end of our conversation, Sheinelle shared with me a particularly special part of her morning routine that involves her young daughter, and also casually said I should come on the Today show for a fashion segment. Sheneille, you have my number.

Perrie Samotin is the digital director of Glamour and the host of What I Wore When, produced by Glamour and iHeartRadio, the team behind our earlier podcasts, Broken Harts and She Makes Money Moves. Follow her on Instagram at @perriesamotin, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or where ever you listen to your favorite shows.

Zoey Deutch Wore Silver Ruffles to Her Bat Mitzvah

The Rosie Assoulin dress Zoey had on when we met.

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Actress Zoey Deutch has been on my radar since 2011, so when I heard she was in New York promoting her Netflix series The Politician, I couldn’t have been more excited to have her on Glamour‘s new podcast What I Wore When, during which I talk to women I find fascinating about an outfit they wore during a pivotal moment in their lives.

Zoey’s pick? Her bat mitzvah dress because—as she put it—”when I was thinking about my bat mitzvah or a premiere or people’s wedding day or these markers in your life. I think it’s so funny that we tend to move away from what we actually look like. The most important days of our lives—and the most photographed and documented days of our lives—we’re wearing things and doing things that look nothing like us.”

Zoey Deutch before her bat mitzvah, ladies and gentlemen.  (Courtesy of Zoey Deutch)

The dress in question was a ruffly silver BCBG dress worn with heels she says she couldn’t walk in, skinny waxed eyebrows she begged her mom for, and “wax figure makeup.” When I asked her how she felt that morning—a bar or bat mitzvah is a seminal moment in a Jewish 13-year-old’s life—she was honest: “I was just trying to look like an adult so I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t feel good because I didn’t feel like myself.”

Twenty-something episodes later, I can say with certainty that of all the women I talked to for the project so far, the 25-year-old surprised me the most. In addition to her willingness to describe an outfit that made her cringe (and provide pics!), she wandered into our recording session alone—no publicist, no manager, no entourage. “Wait are you here by yourself?” is the first thing I asked her, before even shaking her hand.

Your Horoscope for the Week of November 18, 2019

Drop out of stealth mode as the Sun swings into Sagittarius for the next month. The preholiday run-up is fueled by the optimism, faith, and largess of this fire sign, expressed through parties, expanding friendship circles, and excess. Enjoy the whirlwind of the present moment with an eye on the bigger picture, your finances, and the long-range goals that inspire you to be the best version of you. Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of November 18 through November 24, 2019, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

Itchy feet? That’s because the Sun has your travel zone lit around this time every year, urging you to expand your horizons for a broader perspective on life. You’re surfacing from a cave of feels thanks to the highs of merging—or the lows of separating. Cut the last tendrils, or book a ticket for two. Whatever you do, make it about personal growth. You have a renewed lease on collaborative life, so drive forward with ideas and back it up with action. Asserting yourself around the give and take of shared assets will be easier from Tuesday as you’ll be clear on which approach to take. Let love expand and inform your belief system for a renewed outlook on life.

Taurus | Taurus rising

Activity continues in your relationship zone and you’re motivated to engage. Make sure your co-driver is putting in as much effort as you do. If you’ve revisited friends or lovers from your past, now is the time to move forward with what you’ve learned or gained from the interaction. What was the message they had for you? Taking things to the next level is on the cards as the Sun has your sex and shared resources zone lit. It’s all about collaboration for you this month; set your intention, ground it with a ritual, and reel it in! You have an eye for quality, so breathe life into something, or someone, whose value others missed. If you’re looking for or taking on a new project, be sure it (or they) will amplify your efforts.

Gemini | Gemini rising

The Sun in your opposite sign of Sagittarius suggests partnership and collaboration are on the cards. Opposites attract, so look out for a special someone who can put the dynamic into your duo and get traction on ideas you’ve been working with. In other areas, health and fitness have had a boost, so teaming up with someone who shares your interests will keep you on track with healthy habits and routines. If your work zone has had any upsets or changes over the Mercury retrograde period, take stock. Things should straighten out as Mercury moves direct midweek, and you can course-correct or even change tack. Consider your needs, your pay, and what you bring to the table before brokering contract changes.

It’s Not ‘Weird’ to Be an Adult Woman Who Loves Disney

Patty Holliday, who’s attended three D23 Expos now, says her first visit to Walt Disney World was on her honeymoon—but after the loss of her son, Jacob, in 2005, the resort took on a deeper meaning. For her, visits to Orlando help keep his spirit alive. “It’s the last place that my entire family can be together, in a sense,” she explains. “I cherish the park visits with the kids because of those early visits with Jacob.” Now a full-time Disney blogger, Holliday is particularly passionate about the seasonal RunDisney events through Walt Disney World. She’s completed nearly two dozen and credits running through Cinderella Castle as her motivation. “Disney means pretty much everything to me,” she says. “It’s where the stories are told, the memories are made, and my bravery was found.”

When I talked with Lisa Basilio, she was wrapped in swaths of sea foam green tulle in homage to Moana’s Te Fiti. It was so elaborate I found it hard to believe she’s never done this before; Basilio has always been a fan—she even got married at Disneyland—but D23 Expo 2019 was her first foray into wearing intricate costumes in public. “It’s such an amazing place where people feel safe,” she says of Disneyland. “They let go of their stress from the real world and adults become kids again. It’s an amazing transformation, and I love to be a part of that.”

For these women, and most people at D23 Expo for that matter, being a Disney fan is more about friendship, community, and sisterhood than any love of the mouse. Below, we talk with more women at the fan convention who break down why Disney is so important to them. Turns out it’s not such a small world after all.

Sarah Sterling and Tiff Mink

Best friends and fixtures of the Disney community, Sarah Sterling and Tiff Mink are an example of how Mickey and co. have helped women discover their creative outlets as well as a chosen family. Shortly after they met five years ago, the two collaborated on a YouTube channel called ThingamaVlogs—a play on The Little Mermaid’s underwater trinket collection—which featured a mix of planning tips, comedy videos, and travel vlogs that clocked over 70,000 subscribers. ThingamaVlogs is no longer active, but the women now have their own individual YouTube channels devoted to all things Disney.

The two are like anthropologists of post-’90s Mickey Mouse culture, and they do so flawlessly. “Instagram truly changed everything for the Disney community,” Sterling says, crediting the platform’s explosive growth and easily accessible format for making Disney cooler than ever before. “Park culture,” as she calls it, has snowballed in turn, yielding its own trends, styles, and subcultures. The more the merrier, Sterling says. “All I ever wanted in middle school were people to talk to about Disney Parks, and now there’s hundreds of thousands of people,” she adds. A life-long goal was finally realized earlier this year when she began working for Walt Disney Imagineering on the Star Wars global portfolio.

Mink, a content creator, says she didn’t visit the theme parks frequently growing up but held a prevailing passion for all things Disney, including an obsession with Disney Channel films that extended through college. As self-described “ride-or-die Disney fans,” as Mink puts it, these friends say they love every aspect of Disney: the history, lore, design, animation, all of it. At D23 Expo, Mink even served as something of a litmus test for in-the-know fans. She dressed as legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter, complete with rolled-up ride blueprints in a leather satchel. While we talked, several stopped her to rave about her appliquéd mustache and Imagineering hard hat. Others strolled past without a word.

Tiff Mink is wearing a costume inspired by legendary Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter.

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But though it’s not exactly niche to be an adult who’s into Disney anymore, Mink and Sterling still feel some judgment come their way. “People just think it’s weird because they have this idea that Disney is for children,” Mink says. But for her, it’s no different than a football fan traveling to see the Super Bowl in person. “Just because you don’t get it doesn’t mean it’s weird.”

15 Times Alex Rodriguez Was Jennifer Lopez’s Biggest Fan

I understand Alex Rodriguez is former pro baseball player, but he’s also Jennifer Lopez’s Instagram fiancé, which is way more prestigious. Seriously, swinging a bat on some diamond-shaped field is nowhere near as cool as being J. Lo’s personal photographer. Just being in her presence is an honor, and Rodriguez 100% understands this—which might be why he popped the question in March.

Below, check out just a handful of times Rodriguez shouted his love for Lopez to the rooftops. Wouldn’t you do the same?

Lady Gaga Had Bubblegum Pink Hair As a Bridesmaid at Her Best Friend’s Wedding

Lady Gaga showed off her new bubblegum pink hair while celebrating at her best friend and longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno’s wedding this weekend. The “Shallow” singer, who served as a bridesmaid, shared photos of the ceremony on her Instagram Stories, which show her rocking a pink dress to match her vibrant hair.

“Two of my best friends just got married. Time to party!” Gaga, who wore a silk gown with a high-high leg slit, captioned one of the shots. In it, she’s all smiles as she holds up her bouquet in the air.

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In another photo, the pop star posed with another bridesmaid on the beach as the sun set behind them.

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The night before the wedding in Mexico, Gaga also attended the rehearsal dinner. The bride shared an image of her bridal party on Instagram, writing, “What a perfect rehearsal dinner under the stars with all my besties. My bridal party!”

Though Gaga is known for her signature platinum blonde hair, she unveiled her pink ‘do last month while celebrating another huge milestone—the A Star Is Born soundtrack going pink platinum.

“A year ago, A Star was Born, and here we are 6 times pink platinum,” she wrote.

Meghan Markle’s Makeup Artist Shares the Secret to Her Perfect Brows

Meghan Markle‘s longtime friend and personal makeup artist, Daniel Martin, has revealed his secret to achieving the perfect brows. During a recent appearance on ITV’s Lorraine, he shared his beauty hacks for getting brows just like the royal’s and even showed viewers the most important do’s and don’ts for maintaining the best shape.

“Eyebrows frame our faces and can enhance our entire make up look,” Martin explained during his tutorial, according to The Daily Mail. The key to looking naturally blessed with good brow game? Treat your eyebrows “as sisters not twins,” he said. In other words, they shouldn’t be perfectly symmetrical.

“As we age we tend to loose our eyebrows a bit,” he continued. “So what we want to do, is we want to enhance her brow and really figure out that structure, really figure out those holes and spots that we lost.”

Martin then suggests using brow gel to brush against the hair growth, as well as applying a slightly lighter shade of powder below the brow to make them appear “fuller.”

Finally, Martin recommends using a little bit of hairspray to keep your brows in place. He said the simplest way is to spray some on a mascara spoolie and then brush them into your eyebrows.

Martin also addressed some common brow mistakes. “So one mistake a lot of people make is over tweezing or over plucking your brows,” he said. “When that happens you want to find something that you can easily go in to apply but you don’t want to re-shape or re-structure your brow.”

Markle’s iconic brows are reportedly inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s arches. The shape consists of a “straight, archless brow that tapers out toward your temple,” according to the salon Nails & Brows, where the Duchess has had her own royal brows sculpted. “The sculpt instantly lifts your face and creates a fresh and youthful appearance.”

So there you have it: In order to achieve the Duchess of Sussex’s perfect brow, we need to focus on fullness, use brow gel and some eyeshadow, add a little hairspray, and make sure not to over pluck.

Martin also famously did Markle’s makeup for her royal wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018—and he later shared every detail of her look with Glamour. He revealed that even though her makeup wasn’t inspired by a specific person (sorry, Audrey), his goal was to make her look “timeless, effortless, and chic” because “she wanted to look like her best self.”