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Summer 16 Beauty Essentials

By: TaLesha Oliver

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Summer is finally here and as we all know it’s so hot, especially if you live in the south. The 4th of July is upon us and we are invited to cookouts and pool parties and if you’re like me I want my face beat. That can be difficult with the sweat because we sweat and our makeup starts to melt, that’s not cute. So here are some beauty essentials and tips to help you slay without melting.

First, instead of applying foundation, use BB cream. BB Creams are tinted moisturizers for hydrating and evening out skin tones. It is also more lightweight than foundation, and contains antioxidants, anti-ageing, and sunscreen. It is best to use a BB cream with SPF in it. You can still use BB cream with concealer for highlighting, contouring, and eyeshadow. Yes, you can do a full face with BB cream, allow it to take the place for foundation, so your face won’t feel so heavy.

Second, you need sunscreen. It is so important to use this because it protects you from burning. The higher the SPF the longer it last, so the higher the better. Sunscreen does not last all day so you to reapply especially if you will be around water.

Next is protective hair styles. If you do not wear weave, then these tip will be great for you. To all of my natural sisters some cute protective styles are glamour cornrow braids, a hollow braid, or bantu knots.


WCW: Christina Aguilera Debuts Her Fiery Red Hair

By: TaLesha Oliver

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Christina Aguilera is an iconic singer with a very powerful and in-your-face voice. Earlier in her career she has had some very interesting looks, but as she matured she transformed into this modern day Marilyn Monroe. The classic beauty has always channeled her blonde tresses, but Monday she had jaws dropping as she struck a glam pose unveiling a makeover with her new red hair. She looks amazing! She made fiery debut at the “She’s with Us” Hillary Clinton fundraising event on Los Angeles. Her new due was turned heads with her red-orange color with auburn highlights. This new hair is not her craziest style, but it gives her a lot more sex appeal, while still having this 1940’s glam about her. Her new Jessica Rabbit look is far from her bleach blonde locks which has been the soulful singer’s signature look. However, she is no stranger to different hairstyles and fashion trends. She had braids, lavender hair, red ombre hair, jet black, platinum blonde, lip rings, nose rings, and crop tops. Then she transformed into this regal woman, while still taking risks with her look. I think her hair is perfect for the summer season. She has always been a risk taker while being unapologetic. Just like her voice, her made sure the she was very striking with her look without holding back, I am loving this new Christina.

Your Curly Hair Problems Are About to be Solved

Written By: AbsolutViolette

The debate on whether women of colour ever needed “special” shampoo and conditioner is a debate I never really participated in because to me the answer was obvious. Just like our bodies are different, our hair is too, and one size doesn’t fit all in my opinion. Perhaps the term “black hair” and “white hair” is where the issue laid, and fair enough, a caucasian can have “type 3 black” curls.


Growing up in Sweden and living in Canada, I didn’t always have access to an array of brands catering to my then relaxed, and now natural hair. But one brand that’s always come through is Pantene. It started with their Natural and Relaxed line which was one of the first times I actually used a shampoo and conditioner catered for women of colour.

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I then discovered they had their Truly Relaxed Hair line and the Truly Natural Hair line of products. Well, the brand is once again catering to various hair types, and this summer they’re saying no to frizz, and yes to silky smooth curls. On their Instagram yesterday they stated “Calling all curly girls! Your curly hair problems are about to be solved,” and today their new brand ambassador was revealed.

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The new leading lady is non-other than Lion Babe singer and Vanessa Williams’ 26-year-old daughter, Jillian Hervey. She expressed “When I was a young girl, I wasn’t always trying to have curly hair.” Something that seems hard to believe with her beautiful curls. But remember, back then people didn’t embrace natural curls the way it’s celebrated today.

Lion Babe, Jillian Hervey, Pantene

Thank you Pantene for always looking out and for making sure, no matter our hair texture, we all have healthy, strong hair.

Miss USA Pageant: More Than Just A Crown

Written by. Chalise Macklin

And the winner is….Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber. Barber was crowned the new Miss USA Sunday night in Las Vegas. 52 contestants battled it out for the coveted crown and title. But Barber slayed the competition with her stage presence and strong interview skills. She made history as the first military member to ever snag the crown.

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This year’s pageant seemed on the mend after the pageant endured a bit of controversy last year. Former pageant owner, Donald Trump, made some controversial comments about immigrants that lead to NBC and Univision cutting ties with the businessman and the organization. Following the Trump debacle, the organization experienced another hiccup during the Miss Universe Pageant when host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announced the wrong winner.

The show made some changes to add a fresh feel and connect with the viewers. It was aired on its new home Fox, the organization added a new contestant, Miss 52 USA, and the fans at home served as the sixth judge. The unofficial theme of the night was “Confidently Beautiful” which all the ladies embodied. And showed the world the pageant is more than a competition.

group pic            Perhaps the most recognizable change to the pageant was the background story of the contestants. It was not only a way for the viewers and judges to get to know the contestants better, it also allowed little girls, teens, and young ladies to see how relatable the women are. The contestants are more than just beautiful women with killer figures. The women are entrepreneurs, athletes, philanthropists, and highly successful and educated women. Some of the ladies’ personal stories really resonated with issues many young girls face today such as: body shaming, anorexia, depression, and defying the odds. Young girls sometimes experience low self-esteem and have a difficult time navigating through their teen years. Those women personal stories can provide inspiration and empower all while wearing high heels.

Barber will start her preparation for the Miss Universe pageant. She said she plans to use her time as the reigning Miss USA to support veteran’s causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.



The Benefits of Water You Didn’t Know

Written by. Chalise Macklin
Toss that soda to the side and grab a bottle of water. There are endless benefits to making water your beverage of choice – like, did you know that water makes up approximately 70% of a human’s body weight. Water possesses tons of hidden gems, some of them may surprise you.
It is highly publicized that water helps the skin, slows the aging process, and corrects digestion issues. But water has so many more benefits such as: fluid balance, calorie and mood control, and eliminating bad breath. The latter may have shocked you. It is not enough to just brush your teeth, floss and use mouth wash. Medical experts say drinking plenty of water helps flush the mouth and clean off the tongue, which reduces the possibility of bad breath.

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How to Survive A Bad Hair Day

By: TaLesha Oliver

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The decision to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be the best choice you make for your hair. Not only will you be embracing your heritage, but some hair experts say you are saving the life and health of your hair. However, sometimes it’s hard to be creative with styling natural hair – some days it behaves and some days it doesn’t. So I’m going to show you a few styles that will not only protect, but also help maintain your natural curl pattern.

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