The holiday season is in full swing, and I certainly hope this issue brings good tidings. Between taking sips of my Gingerbread Latte (cheers to you, Starbucks) and perusing the aisles of my neighborhood shops for gift-giving options, I was tasked with tabulating not one, but two annual competitions wherein the winners are revealed in this issue. The first: Beauty Launchpad’s Readers’ Choice Awards, in which you voted for your favorite pro-beauty products via beautylaunchpad.com. The second: our 25 Under 50K contest, where we called upon stylists with fewer than 50,000 Instagram followers to submit their page for the opportunity to be selected as one of 25 must-see artists. Each year, the vast well of talent our industry has to offer continues to amaze.