I recently traveled from one sweltering U.S. destination to the next -- Alabama to Washington D.C. to NYC within a week -- and here are my favorite new finds for how to take the sweat out of summer.
Whether you have long or short hair, adding a bit of wave is an easy way to create body and texture.
As a 22-year-old beauty writer who loves to sample new products, I have never felt the need to indulge in luxury treatments. So you could imagine my confusion when Karen, the lovely esthetician giving me my first-ever facial, told me to take off my dress.
My default mode is to see and focus on my flaws and imperfections. I'm starting to see a bit more.
You are beautiful. Every single cell that is composed together to create your individuality makes you absolutely irreplaceable. All of your features represent everyone that was, is, and will be part of your life. How do you become irreplaceable? Be and embrace your complete honest self.
It's definitely the easiest feature to work with when you want to switch things up.
As you eat healthfully to attain or manage your ideal body weight, you are also eating for lasting beauty. Use this list of food items on your next grocery shopping trip. Many of these items serve dual purposes.
A past romantic interest suggested I go tanning because it would "make me feel better" during this winter's polar vortex. When I mentioned it to a few people, they were definitely confused -- why would I need to go tanning? Um, didn't you know? Black girls tan, too.
To create a sultry look does not necessarily mean a matte black smokey eye.
I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted a septum piercing. Just like that, with no hesitation or long-time thinking.
These days, I'm still using drawings to process emotions and counsel myself. Recently, when I sat down with pen in hand, I found that I was writing notes to myself about beauty. My stick figures were giving me messages about the importance of seeing and cherishing beauty in the world.
While you may like the way these summer beauty rituals look on you, they may be more damaging to your body than you realize. Here are just a few warm-weather fads that can cause more harm than good. They just might not be worth the consequences.
With summer rapidly approaching, makeup trends float towards the effortlessly dewy, refreshed, just hydrated enough skin. Not for us oily girls. We often suffer from #makeupmeltdown.
Life occurs in the moment; so does beauty and ugliness. I have seen many so-called beautiful people be very ugly, and some supposedly ugly people be extremely beautiful. Beauty and ugliness are capacities we all have.
We are the electric life force that traverses the universe. We are the magic we silently yearn for but don't dare to embrace fully, always... because we've been taught by the ancient, ongoing ping-pong of society and media to desire what they tell us... because we've been conditioned to be afraid to speak up and stand out.
It can be daunting when you see all the different steps it takes to get that baby-smooth face, but fear not.