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Maybe They’re Born With It: Our 10 Favorite Black Beauty Ambassadors

October 25th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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On October 18 Ciara was named Revlon’s new Global Brand Ambassador, much to the excitement of her fans.

Whenever a Black face is chosen to represent a beauty brand that’s recognizable all over the world, it’s a big deal, and, thankfully, we’re living in a time when many brown beauties have been chosen to do just that. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Black beauty ambassadors of today and all time.

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Are You Making These Fall Beauty Mistakes?

October 11th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Fall is a season for change. The warm months are over (as are the short sleeves, shorts and open-toe shoes), cuffing season is coming, and even the leaves are letting go and moving on.

And while the weather inspires us all to swap out our wardrobes, it’s easy to forget to make similar changes when it comes to a beauty routine.

Dry skin and hair don’t have to be par for the course during fall and winter. Switch out your summer routine for these fall tips on how to better care for your skin and hair and you will make sure that everything is on point for the months of cuddling to come.

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Taking Hot, Hot Showers

The hotter your showers in the morning, the ashier your legs are in the afternoon. Hot showers dry your skin (and your hair) out. Go warm instead of piping hot.

Skin Tips Of The Day: 7 Sneaky Ways You’re Ruining Your Skin

October 10th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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If your skin is not looking its absolute best, you could be doing something wrong. But it’s not simply a matter of switching cleansers. What’s keeping you from having a clear complexion? Here are some unexpected culprits, courtesy of our friends at Allure.

Skin Tips Of The Day: 7 Sneaky Ways You’re Ruining Your Skin

Faux For The Win: Stars Who Turned Heads In Faux Locs

October 5th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Rihanna has always stood out for her unique hair choices. From rocking career-changing asymmetrical bobs to colorful weaves down her back, the Bajan singer is not only known as a fashion icon, but also as a beauty icon. Her newest look, as of about two days ago, is faux locs. The 28-year-old is currently rocking thick faux locs all the way down her back and seems to really be loving the look.

Chic, right? But she’s not the only one turning heads in faux locs. Comedian Jessica Williams’s lavender locs are also pretty gorgeous:

✨✨✨ Ready for Octobes. Hair by @ohaiadeola #eatcraylove #lavenderhair #lavenderlocs #purplehair

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Faux locs are definitely becoming more and more popular with women who love protective styles like braids. You can get them in a wide variety of colors and put all kinds of loc jewelry in them to really stand out. If you need some inspiration to try this look, check out a few celebrity women who’ve looked pretty outstanding in their faux locs. And shout out to celebrity hairstylist Dr. Kari Williams, who is behind most of these looks, particularly the newest “goddess loc” style.

T.J. Maxx Expands Online Shopping Experience To Beauty

October 5th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Ladies, get ready to say goodbye to your paycheck because T.J. Maxx, the holy grail one stop shop for fab finds at a discounted price, just added beauty products to their online shopping experience.

Known for carrying a plethora of high-priced skin care brands like Clarins and Lancôme, hair care brands like Paul Mitchell and every fragrance known to man, the company is focused on making online beauty shopping. Launched on Oct. 3, we’ve already got our eyes on a GlamGlow mask reduced by nearly $20.

Ulta and Sephora, who?


Danielle Brooks Teams Up With Refinery29 And Getty Images To Diversify Stock Images Of Plus-Size Women

September 30th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Tired of the same old stock images of curvy and plus-size women? Considering that we search the ends of the earth to download stock photos daily, we here at MN can definitely say that we are. As it turns out, so is Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks.

The beauty and self-proclaimed Voice of the Curves is the ambassador for the 67% Project. It’s a partnership between Refinery29 and Getty Images to help provide more images of a wide variety of body shapes. Not just the ones of shapely women standing on scales, eating food, sexed up, or serving attitude, which seems to be the extent of what many stock image sites have to offer.

Where does the name come from and the true purpose for the project? Brooks broke it down on her Instagram page.

“Well, 67 percent of women are plus size, but only two percent of them are seen in media, magazines, and the plethora of other things we see every day,” Brooks said. “It’s time for us to be seen and be heard.”

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Those behind the project at Refinery29 have been shooting stock photography and creating unique illustrations over the last six months for the project to “more accurately reflect the women who make up the majority of our country.” By partnering with Getty, they’re hoping to spread these positive images to the masses and swarm the mainstream with the help of other media outlets.

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Representation is everything. As Brooks stated in an interview with Today, seeing plus-size women shine, including popular Lane Bryant models like Ashley Graham, has helped the actress feel more empowered and boldly show off her own curves on social media. She hopes this project can help other women in the same way.

“I am this girl that needs to be represented,” Brooks told Today. “This is my mom, my aunt, my cousin, my best friend, my colleagues. So it means something to me because it is me.”

Beauty And Fashion Inspiration From Black Beauties At Afropunk London

September 28th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Afropunk 🍊🍉🌽 #afropunklondon

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Some call it the Carnival of Consciousness, but most of us know the music and fashion-centered festival as Afropunk, a coming together of like-minded and beautiful people of color enjoying the sights and sounds of other creatives. Afropunk in Brooklyn was a hit, as usual, this past August. And Afropunk London, which took place this past weekend, brought out the chicest of the chic. From innovative haircuts to bold jewelry and makeup, everyone who stepped out to see the likes of Grace Jones (a fashion icon), SZA, The Noisettes and more brought their A-game. Check out some of the most creative looks, from head to toe, of the Black women who attended Afropunk London and turned heads. Enjoy the feathered lashes, face paint, funky prints and head wrap galore!

If you’re interested in attending an Afropunk festival soon, you still have a chance this year. The next stop for Afropunk is in Atlanta, October 14-16.

A pop of pink 🌷 . . . #afropunklondon #afropunk #blackjoy

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Mantras That Encourage You To Love Your Body

September 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Question: What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror in the morning? Maybe a better question to ask is what do you think? We all have an inner monologue that plays in our head when we’re looking things over. When we feel like there’s progress to be made (and don’t we usually?), what we say to ourselves isn’t always positive. And the negative thoughts we have can impact the way we see ourselves.

Loving yourself and your body is very important. But that’s not the only reason you should remind yourself to be positive about the way you look. Studies have shown that women who make positive thinking a priority are more likely to make equally positive changes when they want to.

Saying these mantras in the mirror every morning can and will remind you to love yourself. Plus, they’re a great way to start the day.


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.