What woman of color is a stranger to the #struggle that is finding the perfect shade of foundation? Being a makeup artist, I can recall off the top of my head which brands work best and have a vared array of tones and if I can’t find what I need for a client, I can usually mix up something really quickly. But I also realize that this is not practical for everyone. So when someone asks me what I recommend for foundation, one of my most common recommendations is always MAC Matchmaster Foundation. READ MORE

There is a song with a hook that goes: “Kissing you is all that I’ve been thinking of…” That song is our grownup jam — our adult version of the playground lyrics that teased our elementary school crushes. Kissing is fun and sexy and essential for many of us but you’ve got to come to the table…or bed prepared to pucker up. In a week we will officially be into a new season and you know what that means. “More kissing!” you say? Actually it’s the start of dry, cracked and ashy lips season. A non-good look if there every was one. Some people notice a difference in their lips by the end of summer way before winter approaches so we’re cutting the flaky lip beast off at the ankles with these seven tips for how to get soft, smooth, kissable lips fast. READ MORE

Another night another cranky early morning. It’s hard to enjoy your day when you don’t sleep well. There is not enough quadruple shot Starbucks in the universe that can hold open your eyes when you don’t sleep restfully. #thestruggle. We were determined to prove that falling asleep fast and peacefully has to be easier than popping pills like valerian and melatonin and we did. Your resident insomniacs, workaholics and sometimes-we-go-to-late-night-weekday-parties girls are here with some our tried and true, pill-free methods of falling asleep fast and finally getting peaceful sleep in part one of this two part series. READ MORE

Pour out some for your favorite scrubbing beads face wash. Statewide bead bans are happening for beauty products including your toothpaste because fish are dying from them.

Ever since many of us were little girls, we’ve imagined in vivid detail the day we will say “I do” to the man of our dreams. Many of the details have already been written into memory like a fairy tale. The flowing white gown made of beautiful satin or an elegant French lace, the cascading bouquet of perfectly arranged flowers and the towering, hand­crafted wedding cake. Some of us have even known exactly what engagement ring we wanted to wear as a Mrs. since we were teens. Those story lines have remained fairly certain for many of us. But over the years, the one detail that may have changed is how you would wear your hair. READ MORE

We realize that the world is still ogling over Misty’s Under Armour ads, and though they are quite lovely, her latest interpretive dance video is all we can think about. In two beautiful minutes filled with empowerment vocals by Estelle, the NYC soloist and British vocalist completely fill our hearts. Misty Copeland is that stunningly powerful black ballerina that makes us stand on our tip toes and dance around in the mirror and gleam with pride. READ MORE

BB Cream for your legs...hmm. Actually, let's back that up, BB cream for girls darker than um, the color right before caramel; we were not so sure about that one. So we tried this lotion and what a surprise it was.

Nudes and flesh tones are anything but boring. They range from creamy porcelain to deep mochas. In all honesty, how one defines nude really depends on their complexion. For me that falls somewhere between an almond latte and a rosy desert sand depending on the season and how much sun I’ve gotten. Of course I’d like to think my skin is always golden beige, but that’s not always the truth. For this very reason, a girl can never have to many nude lipsticks and nail polishes. READ MORE





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