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The Top Summer Beauty Must-Haves
As this never-ending pandemic seems to be wrapping up, many of us are in high hopes for a "real" summer. Sunny beach days, tanned skin, and cute bathing suits are all on the horizon. So, as we begin to pack our beach bags, I'm going to share with you 8 summer products that will make you feel ready from head to toe.
From Insecure To Unstoppable
Sharing my story with you takes courage, especially when acne has had such an impact on my life from a pretty early age. It made its debut when I was only 8 years old. At that age it was unusual to have "giant chicken pox" as my classmates liked to call it, on your face. Having oily skin, I particularly got them in my T-zone and did whatever I could to hide them. I would hide them under my crooked home-cut bangs, wear hoods to cover my cheeks, etc. I never had a problem with acne until my friends pointed out I was the only one in the group with it.
Get Glowing: What You (And Your Skin) Need Now!
Flip flops, swimsuits, and sundresses have started to pour into stores, and online shops are sending us emails about them every day. Just one of the signs that summer is quickly approaching, and whether you're planning a vacation to a far-off land or exploring your local restaurants for happy hour, chances are that you'll be spending your summer out and about. After the summer that we had last year, even the biggest introverts are looking forward to getting outside. Even if it's just to lounge on a beach alone with a good book. By the way, it's me. I'm the introvert. So if anyone has any book suggestions I'm wide open.
Astrology & Skincare
We are now smack-dab in the middle of Taurus season which ends May 21st this year. Using my Astrology & Skincare advice, the two weeks after Scorpio Full Moon should have been a time to purify our skin, using a product like The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Mask which specifically removes polluting impurities.
The Power of Pin Curls
Everyone knows her. Marilyn Monroe is an icon, a standard of beauty from a bygone era. Today’s Instagram-worthy high pony tails and long waves have never appealed to me like the glamorous coiffures of the last century. Not because I don’t like them; I just don’t think I have the face for them. On the other hand, anyone could wear this style well, and ladies of the era were rarely seen without it. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about pin curls: my absolute favorite way to wear my hair.
Black and Latinx Styles of the 1940's
When I think of 1940's fashion and beauty, some of the first things that come to mind are elegant long dresses, red lips, and beautifully styled curls.
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I Replaced My Shampoo With This New Hair Wash for 30 Days
Believe it or not, my hair and I have had a very tumultuous relationship. Growing up with these crazy natural curls, I always hated how ‘different’ my hair was- being the only curly girl in my family and in my school. Because of this, I began straightening my hair for special occasions like holidays and school dances which escalated into straightening my curls every day for years! At the same time my naturally blonde hair was looking dull and I began highlighting my hair. As you can imagine, all of this processing and straightening led to so much hair damage! Because of all of the damage I was constantly putting my hair through, it began breaking, and breaking…. and breaking until I was forced to do the ‘big chop’ that is so common for girls with damaged curls. I ended up with chin length hair that looked amazing and healthy, but of course, I didn’t learn my lesson and was still straightening and highlighting my hair.
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Why I Swear By Trying A Shampoo-less Haircare Routine
Then you have to use a ton of conditioner to make your hair feel soft and smooth again. Detergents found in shampoo are just stripping your oils. We all despise being mid-wash to realize we're out of conditioner, or going to our local drugstore and contemplate the countless shampoo-conditioner combos that are all shouting the same things.
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Why I Won't Go Back To Using Drugstore Shampoo After Using This Detergent-Free Hair Product
You know, the kind that you routinely have to coax into submission with the help of a curler or an extra durable hair band. Throughout my life, I’ve had all the haircuts you can think of: a shoulder-length chop with side-swept bangs, a layered chin-length bob and laidback, flowy waves. I’ve tried most products: hair spray, leave-in conditioner, leave-in everything. But really, years of experience have taught me to just stick with what I know best: a choreography of shampoo and conditioner. Rinse and repeat.
6 Must Try Korean Skincare Products
Korean beauty has experienced a surge of popularity in the past 10 years (arguably ever since BB creams became popular). I became interested in Korean skin care after finding out about it through several korean actresses social media. Many Korean skin care products, like Nooni's Marshmallow Whip Maker, have become popular through tiktok trends due to their cute design or innovative function. I am a long-time k-beauty connoisseur – I even worked in South Korea for two years – and I seek out products that don’t irritate my skin and that make my skin care routine feel luxurious. Here are my top six skin care picks and where to find them.
Brilliant, Bold, and Unapologetically Beautiful
We as humans all seek validation from other humans (whether we want to admit it or not), and feeling beautiful is one of those things that's hard to accomplish without it. One of my favorite quotes from actress Emma Stone is "I can't think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself." So in that spirit, I want to highlight a fearless, innovative black woman who has taken the beauty world by storm: Melissa R. Butler, founder and CEO of The Lip Bar.
An artist in her own right
Pat McGrath – Make-up Artist, Artist, Genius I had no idea who Pat McGrath was, all I knew was I needed a new mascara. That might not sound like much of a challenge, but for some reason all mascaras simply slide off my lashes so that by mid-afternoon I look like Alice Cooper or the missing member of Kiss. For those that know, the mascara that works for me is ‘tubular’ and my previous favourite came from Trish McEvoy.