Survival Kit: Thanksgiving

From cooking disasters to dredged up family feuds, Thanksgiving can be a bit of a minefield. Plan ahead for any situation this year and you’ll be happily snoozing in a tryptophan-induced nap before you know it.

Your Family is Hosting

Chances are you’ll be traveling back home (stressful) and you’ll have to deal with your entire family, including that aunt/brother-in-law/cousin you’re not so crazy about (also stressful). These products will help you keep your cool while you travel and once you arrive.

Sircuit Skin Molecular Mist : Refresh travel-weary skin with a spritz so your mom has no excuse to comment on how tired you look when you arrive.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil : Get an all-over gleam: a few drops on your arms and legs, a few drops mixed with your foundation, and a few drops in your hair.
Jouer Lip Enhancer : We won’t travel without this low-maintenance but glossy balm and neither should you.

You’re Hosting

Even if you’re Martha Stewart, coordinating a meal the size of Thanksgiving is pretty impressive. You’ll need your wits about you but we know you’ll make it through just fine.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine : Spray some of this citrus fragrance on your pulse points at the beginning of the day to keep you energized. Try breathing deeply to squash any stress.
Alex & Isabelle Double Hairties : Keep hair out of your face — and the food! These are cute enough to leave in for the meal, or you can pull them out at the last minute without leaving any creases.
Two Paper Dolls Coasters : It’s the little details that make your guests notice your hostessing prowess. Protect your tables and add some character with these cute coasters.

Your Significant Other’s Family is Hosting

Maybe you got lucky and you absolutely love your significant other’s family. But if you’re like the rest of us, this situation is rife with the potential for awkwardness. Either way, you want to make a great impression and avoid any missteps. Here’s what you’ll need.

A Gift : At the risk of looking like a kiss-up, get on the hosts’ good side right away with a gift. Visit our gift category to find something appropriate.
Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial : This updated classic will have you smelling lovely and give the impression you’re extra sophisticated, even if you feel nervous.
Minerologie Ultimate Concealer : Banish any red marks or last minute blemishes with this ultra creamy, full coverage concealer.

Bonus: Surviving Black Friday

There’s really no way to escape Black Friday unscathed so our advice is to stake out online sales and avoid the trample-prone zones. If you absolutely must venture to a shopping center on Friday, keep these on hand.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm: Commitment to the deals means waiting in lines for hours, and if the weather’s unpleasant, you’ll need some lip treatment to keep lips from cracking.
Baggu : Easily make it from store to store with your purchases safely tucked in one place. The nylon tote is weightless but surprisingly sturdy.
Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face & Body : Once you get back from your excursion you’ll need a long soak in the tub and a mud mask to revive you.

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