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Foods That Can Make Your Skin (And Teeth) Look Terrible

September 22nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What exactly is going on with my skin today?” Of course, many of us probably have that thought when our periods come around. However, the real reason your skin is having a fit could be due to one of the foods on this list.

Eat too much of them, and it might show up on your skin (or teeth) later on. So if you have a dinner meeting or date lined up, it might pay to leave everything on this menu off of your plate.

Some of these foods (and ways of cooking them) might be better left out of your refrigerator (and diet) for good. Your skin bounces back when you occasionally overdo it. But make a habit of eating too much of these foods and you could do some long-term damage to your skin.

Drop The Gel: Beautiful Photos To Inspire You To Embrace Natural Edges

September 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Ever since the invention of hot combs and baby hair, slicking back or hiding edges has been the beauty standard when dealing with our strands. But it’s not the only way to celebrate the beautiful possibilities of Black hair.

From Gabby Douglas to Janelle Monàe, Black women are letting their natural edges shine, as is. They’re letting their coils stand out. These examples will make you want to give the gel and curl control a break. Plus, embracing this kind of look can help you deal with high humidity and give your edges a much-needed break when they need to be left alone.

Surprising Ways You’re Drying Out Your Hair

September 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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It happens to all of us from time to time: You sleep on a satin pillow, you moisturize your hair before you leave for work, but somehow your locks still manage to feel dry. Soon you’re running your fingers through strands that feel like straw and wondering, “What’s really going on?”

The answer might surprise you. We all know that cotton pillowcases and heat are not the way to go when it comes to keeping moisture in your locks. But did you know that the sun, your shower or even your go-to moisturizer could be drying out your hair?

If your hair is struggling to be soft and shiny, it might be because of one of these everyday habits that are surprisingly bad for your hair.

Why You Should Rethink Using Milk Of Magnesia As A Face Primer

August 31st, 2016 - By Gabrielle Natalia
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One of the most highly thought of beauty hacks, milk of magnesia has beauty gurus and enthusiasts regularly running to the drugstore to stock up. And though adding milk of magnesia to your beauty routine as a face primer will work to keep you looking beat all day, there are issues with heavy use of it. Let us explain.

What is Milk of Magnesia?

Milk of magnesia, or MOM, is an over-the-counter laxative used to treat common health problems such as constipation, upset stomach, and heartburn. This product is also used to relieve gastric acid and acid reflux when too much acid builds up and sits in the stomach

Why is it such a hot item for YouTube beauty gurus?

Makeup artists of all walks of life have found MOM is able to treat our most common beauty issues like

•Reducing blemishes and blackheads

•Eliminating excess oils that contribute to breakouts

•Clearing skin imperfections from acne scarring or other causes

•Healing skin irritations and infections from bug bites and rashes

So how can it be bad for the skin?

•It contains a bleaching agent:

The main ingredients in milk of magnesia are water and magnesium hydroxide, newer formulas of the solution have added sodium hypochlorite, however, which is the main ingredient in bleach. Using a product with this ingredient is far too harsh for the skin and can easily burn a sensitive area like the face. It may cause blisters, soreness, redness, and other skin related issues.

•It contains hidden inactive ingredients:

Most of us don’t exactly read product labels, and if we do, often times we don’t understand them. If an ingredient looks suspicious to you, search the web to see its real chemical structure and properties. There are hidden inactive ingredients in MOM that may trigger allergic reactions.

•It causes dryness and tightness:

Excessive use of milk of magnesia will cause dryness and tightness for those with normal to dry skin and even those with oily skin. If you have sensitive skin or broken skin, you should never use this product. Allowing MOM to sit on top of your skin for an extended period of time will create more skin irritations and problems.

And don’t worry about giving up your milk of magnesia now that you know the real deal behind the hype, there are hundreds of primers on the market, created specifically for your face and the skin issues you have that don’t have scary side effects.

Things To Do Right Now If You Have Breakage

August 30th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summertime can be hard on hair. Spend your weekends at the beach and your morning with a curling iron and suddenly you look down at your shirt and notice that your hair is breaking off.

Even the best hair has the occasional bad day (or season). And when breakage happens, or you haven’t seen growth in quite a while, it’s time to take action to help your strands get back to healthy sooner than later. Try these emergency measures to get your hair back in shape and you can stop being paranoid about leaving coils all over the sink. With care, you can stop breakage in its tracks and even start seeing growth in just a little while.

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.