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Are You Washing Your Hair Wrong?

August 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Lather, rinse, repeat? We all know that washing African-American hair isn’t always that simple. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, washing your hair and doing it the right way can take up a big part of your day. But do it the wrong way with the wrong types of products and you could do some damage to your hair.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to know what the wrong way is. Proper hair care can be complicated. So we’ve simplified it a little by putting the most important steps here. Follow these instructions to the letter and you will protect your hair from damage, keep it clean, and promote growth.

But we know everyone has their own tips. If you have a hair care secret that you want to share that saves time and nourishes strands, let us know in the comment section so we can all add it to our routines.

You Can Get Full Lashes In Like 5 Seconds With Amber Rose’s New Flirt Flashes Applicator

August 16th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Amber Rose FlirtFake lashes are all fun and games until you actually try to apply them yourself. At that point, they’re usually just goo and mess, unless you really know what you’re doing. Just yesterday my co-worker asked me if I could do a tutorial on lash application, but lucky for her (and me) Amber Rose might actually have the better fix.

Muva and Flirt Cosmetics have just launched a genius product known as the Flirt Flashes lash application, and according to Refinery 29 this is how it works.

The Flirt Cosmetics Flashes lash applicator looks a little like a Wite-Out tape dispenser, but it’s actually pre-loaded with 44 teeny strips of individual lashes, three to each set. With a few clicks of the pen, the lashes rise up out of the device and, after sweeping on a bit of glue and waiting a beat, you press the pen to your lashline, release, and ta-da — full lashes. No touching, no stick, no mess, no fuss, no art project-ness.

See for yourself.

Not only did the writer point out application was easy, she also noted the durability of the lashes which she says “withstood a torrential rainstorm and an intense makeout session. Had I not removed them later that night, I’m pretty sure they’d still be on now — and this is coming from a girl who’s usually missing one faux strip by her second cocktail.” Good to know.

The applicator won’t officially be available to the public until September 15, but you can get on the waiting list for the product, which is sure to be a hit, by signing up right here. Great news: the price is a reasonable $28. And in the meantime you can watch tutorials online following the instructions below. 

Werd up! (PS: this only works on Androids at the moment)

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Beauty Blessings: Too Faced And Kat Von D Collabed On A Makeup Collection

August 10th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Beauty brands often collaborate with celebs to bring notoriety to their latest offerings, but it’s not every day you hear of two makeup brands working together on a collection. We can only hope Too Faced and Kat Von D are ushering in a new trend with the announcement of a new makeup pallete created by the brands who decided they are #BetterTogether.

According to Kat Von D, the palette shown above is connected magnetically and can be broken apart into two halves which will house completely new shades of products from each brand. The set will also come with Too Faced’s highly praised Better Than Sex mascara and Kat’s notorious tattoo liner. And (even more good news) the collection is both vegan and cruelty free so you can look good without guilt. And just a heads up, as Kat put it plainly, “[Y]es. This motherf*cker will be Limited Edition!”

Now that the good news is out the way, the bad news is the collab isn’t available until 12/26 at Sephora in the U.S. — Valentines Day internationally. But we figure we just gave you another reason to get excited about Christmas. What are you hoping is in the palette?

Bye Razor Bumps, See Ya Later Scars: Surprisingly Easy Fixes For Hair Removal Struggles

August 5th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When your hair is coarse and curly, hair removal can be quite a pain in the — well, pretty much everywhere. Ingrown hairs don’t care where they pop up and inconvenience you, or if they leave scars behind. Thankfully, if letting you hair grow out isn’t your style, there are plenty of ways to keep the hair at bay all year ’round without suffering the painful consequences. And they’re surprisingly simple switches to make. From changing your lotion to rinsing razors differently and some professional options we didn’t know we had, we wish we’d known about these tricks before. But we’re dropping them on you just in time to stop bumps and scars from ruining your upcoming beach (or bedroom) plans.

15 Times #WeWearWhatWeWant Gave Us Life

August 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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My body. My wardrobe. My choice. Dress: @rebdolls #WeWearWhatWeWant

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Have you ever been told to “dress for your size?” When that happened to 23-year-old plus-size model model and blogger Simone Mariposa, she refused to take the criticism lying down. Instead, she created the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to show plus-size women wearing “socially ‘unacceptable’ outfits.” And since then, thousands of women have turned body shaming into body confidence by showcasing just how good they look in anything they want to wear.

Mariposa says it’s the hashtag we all need. Because while the world is getting better at accepting all kinds of beauty, “there’s still a limit.”

“They still want to see women who are on the smaller spectrum of plus size, the size 12s and 14s,” Mariposa told The Independent. “When visibly plus women are making statements about being body positive, they’re deemed ‘too big’ and they’re promoting obesity.”

So Mariposa encouraged women of all sizes to celebrate their bodies on Instagram using the hashtag, and we can’t stop scrolling through.

Summer Remedies: Quick Fixes For Chafing

July 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Thick thighs are a blessing. You may have even heard that they save lives. But during the summer, those blessings can rub together in a way that it is pretty hard to be grateful for.

Summer workouts and summer skirts can be hard on your legs. The trouble is moisture and friction. #Thighgaps may be popular on Instagram, but for most women, they’re not a reality. With that being said, things can get rough pretty quickly when you’ve been walking for some time in the heat. Before you know it, you’re looking for any place to sit to give your legs a break. And we haven’t even talked about the possible scarring from legs that have rubbed together too long and in a harsh manner.

Thankfully, chafing — of any kind — doesn’t have to be a problem. There are lots of ways to prevent it, stop it in its tracks, or fix the damage it has done. So don’t be afraid to put on your walking or running shoes and your shortest skirts and dresses this summer. We’ve got you covered. We gave you five options before, here a few more to ensure you stay chafe-free.

Summer Workouts That Are Easiest On Your Hair

July 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you’ve skipped gym day because you don’t want to sweat out (or have to redo) your hair, then join the club. When you can barely squeeze a workout into your day, trying to find even more time to to fix what an hour at the gym can do to your hair seems like a big chunk of the day that will be lost. Who has time to pencil all of that in?

And while protective styles and dry shampoo can make workout hair presentable, there’s another option: You can just change your workout.

These summer workouts will help you burn calories and tone up without sweating out your hair. So if you’re tired of choosing between keeping fit and keeping cute, or want a way to squeeze in a workout without a wash and dry too, read on.

Why Do We Tell Overweight People They Need To Lose Weight And Then Shame Them When They Try To?

July 19th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In the words of Michael Jackson as the scarecrow in The Wiz: “You can’t win.”

Ain’t that the truth, though?

After reading about the Playboy model who taped a fellow gym-goer naked to share her disdain for the woman’s body on Snapchat, all I could think about was that song. Lord knows we have this very peculiar habit of shaming obese individuals, and then still giving them crap when they make an attempt to shed the pounds.

In case you missed the story, Playboy’s 2015 Playmate of the Year, Dani Mathers, landed in some hot water (and possible legal trouble) after the 29-year-old Snapchatted the body of a woman undressed in the locker room shower. The caption, to accompany the video and the image of Mathers’s shocked face? “If I can’t see unsee this then you can’t either.”

What she hoped would incur laughs and co-signs has since cost Mathers her gym membership. Oh, and her job. To make matters all the more serious, the gym where this invasion of privacy took place called the LAPD on Mathers. According to the Washington Post, she is facing the possibility of being charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. If that happens, she could end up with a fine, or worse, jail time. Six months to be exact.

And while we all could continue to go ham sandwich on Mathers for doing something very disrespectful and damaging to an innocent, unsuspecting woman, some of us also need to take responsibility for our own fat-shaming hijinks. Whether we do it outright or don’t even realize it, the statements and actions we hurl at the expense of larger men and women are all pretty damaging.

For instance, the way we can’t appreciate a story about Gabourey Sidibe, whether it’s about her career or an outfit she wore, without people feeling it necessary to harp on her size and say, almost seven years later, that she still needs to lose weight.

Or the ways in which we put conditions on who is allowed to be overweight. That includes saying that if you haven’t had a baby recently (emphasis on recently, as in, if your baby is less than a year or two old) or you’re not sick, you should be ashamed of yourself because my tax dollars are going toward people like you.

How we do the most when it comes to the accomplishments and style choices of larger people. If they get through some tough moves in a fitness class, they get attention for keeping up or get ignored completely because of the assumption that they won’t keep up. Or if someone bigger wears a revealing ensemble, it’s an “I see you!” spectacle.

The way that we try and pretend we’re health experts when we tell overweight people that they need to do better for the sake of living longer and happier, not knowing anything about the state of their health or their contentment. Because who could be happy when they’re big, right?

And the way we equate beauty with being smaller, telling an overweight person that they’re “cute for a big ___.”

All of that is cringe-worthy. But what’s even worse is the idea that after tormenting some people into the gym to lose weight, folks, like Mathers, make them feel as though they still don’t belong. As though their weight is something to mock despite their attempts to do something about it. As though working out to take care of themselves is subjecting others to the sorest of sights. It’s all yet another reminder that people really don’t give a sh-t about the health and happiness of overweight people. They just want to mock someone because they are so pressed to feel important or superior in any way possible. And that often has a lot to do with people’s own self-confidence and happiness levels.

Because, if we’re being honest, why would a Playmate of the Year who tightens and tones up to showcase her body, and who had her body reaffirmed on a national stage, be so bothered by another woman trying to take care of her own?

Why did this woman assume that the heavy-set Black woman in her yoga class was “judging,” “resenting” and “stereotyping” her “skinny white body” when she struggled through some moves?

And why does someone confident or working to be confident in their own skin, offend other people so damn much?

Because people are fighting their own inner battles and looking to jump on any person who can make them feel better about themselves.

With all that being said, I hope the woman videotaped comes forward and sues Mathers. Not just because of the fact that she grossly invaded the woman’s privacy, but to do so as a warning for people, in general, who are so worried about what other people do with their bodies. You don’t need to cheer an overweight person on in the gym for killing it, nor do you need to shame them for showing up. But what you do need to do is worry about yourself and the vessel God gave you.

The Latest Beauty Trend: Galaxy Makeup

July 18th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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It’s hard not to be inspired by the beautiful, starry night sky. One of the latest beauty trends, galaxy makeup, takes that inspiration to another level. The result? Colorful, fun, and wildly creative makeup that you can wear for a night out on the town or an impromptu photo shoot – just ’cause. Some of the galaxy designs, replete with swirling hues and shimmery sparkles, cover the entire face. Other designs put quite a bit of focus on specific facial features, like the eyes or lips. Never short on detail, some of the designs even utilize jewels and other adornments to achieve a starry effect. Makeup artists, enthusiasts and fans of the growing galaxy makeup trend have taken to Instagram to post their best galaxy looks. Would you try this look? Maybe some of the following pictures will inspire you to create your own galaxy designs — or choose to stick with the basics. Here’s a glimpse at the trend.


Magic

Replete with a gentle, plum lip, this galaxy look is nothing short of magical.

Summer Bucket List: Things To Accomplish Before The Season Ends

July 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all wish that summer would last forever, but it will be over before you know it. I mean, we’re almost halfway through July, folks. That means it’s time for everyone to get on top of their summer bucket list. From beauty musts to summer beach reads, these are the things and items everyone should have on their must-do summer lists to make the most of the great weather and countless activities available.

Work may be calling, and there are errands to run. But if there’s any time to give yourself a little leeway to celebrate the season, it’s now. So enjoy these things while the weather is warm and you will make sun-kissed memories that will last you through the cold-weather months.

Do you have any summer traditions that you would like to tackle while the weather is good? We’d love to hear about the things you are hoping to accomplish before fall in the comment section.