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.
At home in LA, the normal life continues in the wake of her stardom. "It's beautiful," she muses. "I'll joke with my sister and tell her, 'Hey, I'm a film star.' Her response is always the same. She will say, 'That's nice, Amanda. Now go clean up after the cat.'"
The completeness, the cycles, the depth, the richness, the process, the continuity and the treasure of the moment that is gone the second you are aware of it. We cannot capture these -- it is impossible, as hard as we all try.
All of these tricks are natural and effective. They're also relatively easy to source (most of can be found at your local Indian grocer or Whole Foods) and cheaper than buying chemical-laden products at the drugstore.
Beauty tips that will instantly make you look flawless and gorgeous every day, from morning until night.
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Forget the beauty aisle -- the secret ingredients for glowing, gorgeous skin live right in your kitchen. Simplify your skincare regimen with these 10 delicious "recipes."