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Beauty Diary x Naomi!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — March 9, 2020

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Scroll through the beauty diary of mua + YouTuber, Naomi Ajala:

What’s your name + city you live in?
I’m Naomi Ajala. I live in Minnesota, US.
 
Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
My favorite beauty trends I’m loving would be brown liner + a shimmering gloss and embracing blonde braids on dark skin.
 
If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
In 15 seconds I would grab three makeup products! It would be definitely a gloss, brown liner and mascara.
 
 
Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
 
My beauty icon is definitely James Charles he’s 21 and he’s like accomplished a lot. He was the first male ambassador for cover girl when he was 17. I have never seen someone as open and confident as he is and he literally expresses himself through his art work which is makeup. 

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

Usually, when I’m in a rush for school and I’m so tired and even late to apply anything on my face but I still want to look good and comfortable, a gloss and liner lives in my bag definitely. 

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is to be confident in yourself. The way you walk, dress, talk and act should be fiery. Most importantly, not letting people tell you how you should look.

Find more of Naomi’s looks here:

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Beauty Diary x Aminat!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — February 10, 2020

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of video creator + MUA, Aminat!

What’s your name + where are you from?

My name is Aminat , I’m from Nigeria but I currently reside in Ukraine.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I’m in love with graphic liners because you can do them in so many ways and it allows me express my creative side. However, you can never go wrong with subtle nude makeup.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab beauty products, what would they be?

Firstly lip gloss! Highlighter and eyeliner.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

I absolutely love Jackie Aina, Ronke Raji and Layefa beauty. Because these are amazing black women that have influenced the beauty industry to create a wider range for us.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

Lip gloss always!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is to find what works out for you and be comfortable wearing it .

Follow more of Aminat’s amazing looks here:

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#AskAnActivist x Celai West

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — January 21, 2020

#KinkyHairMatters is not just a hashtag but an empowering lifestyle that is perfectly embodied by natural hair + texture activist, Celai West! From runway model to entrepreneur, this young queen is boldly making a point to shred beauty stereotypes by embracing her natural crown and blazing a trail for girl + women!

Let’s #AskAnActivist with Celai West….

Photography by Julian J. Peeples

As an impactful texture + natural hair activist, why is it important for you to embrace your natural texture + encourage other girls to do so as well?

I think it’s very important because I was born like this. If God has given me this hair, I should love it. I think that everyone else should love it too, because He didn’t make any mistakes.

Your love for speaking + your stunning natural hair gave birth to “The Chatty Chick” T-shirt collection! How does your collection help others speak up against stereotypes often put on black girls and their beauty?

Well, I started out with only natural hair tees to help girls like me feel more empowered by our big hair. When I would wear them, they would make me feel like I’m showing everyone how much I love my hair, and I want other girls to feel the same way too.

www.thechattychick.com

Your activism simply doesn’t stop at fashion! Every t-shirt sold is a tree planted with Trees For The Future, why is it essential for your generation to understand and protect + care for the environment?

I just feel like it’s super important that we take care of our planet. I’ve traveled to places that don’t offer recycling, so I wanted to find a good way to help reverse some of the damage we cause to our planet.

Being a runway model + producer, what has been the most encouraging compliment or feedback that another young girl has told you about your movement?

We get lots of messages from parents, teenagers, and even older adults, in the U.S. and overseas, saying my pictures have helped them (or their kids) to start loving their big hair and that makes me feel really good.

(Photography by Julian Peeples)

What does rockin’ your beautiful + glorious afro mean to you?

Rockin’ my fro means I love my hair and it shows that I don’t have to change it or conform just to fit in. This is how I was born, and it’s perfect the way it is.

We know that “ACT” is the keyword in ACTivism, what’s one ACT you would tell girls to do to embrace self-love?

I would definitely tell them to BE YOURSELF. They are already perfect, so just own it!

Follow more of Celai’s journey here…

Celai West

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Feeling My Flo!

Menstruation! Yes, we said it! And as awkward as it might seem, it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to gather a new perspective with the Feeling My Flo podcast. 

The Feeling My Flo podcast, which launched on July 11, 2019, is a conversation shaped around this transformational experience that happens to those along the gender spectrum. Feeling My Flo discusses a broad range of topics from puberty to fighting period poverty. 

The host of the podcast, Kamilah Kashanie, is a twenty-three year old Brooklyn College graduate. She along with executive producer Mia Warren and Executive Editor Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, aim to build a community centered on a common but impactful experience. 

“This generation is intellectually curious, so each of our 10-12 minute episodes will be fun, engaging, intimate, and probing.”

Get to know host Kamilah + Feeeling My Flo podcast a little better…

Photo by Young Cheong

Podcasts are becoming an impactful influence among young people. What inspired you to start Feeling My Flo about menstruation?

Feeling My Flo (FMF) is actually the brainchild of our producer, Mia Warren, and our editor, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams. They invited me to be the host. As the three of us got to talking, I really resonated with a lot of the feelings they had about why FMF is an important podcast to put out into the world. As storytellers, I think we’re all really interested in digging into issues that other people might be afraid to tackle. Menstruation is such a sticky subject in some circles. It’s still not considered necessarily “appropriate” to talk about this completely normal bodily function that’s been happening to people since the beginning of time. At Feeling My Flo, we want to change that. Young menstruators deserve a place where their bodies are understood. We want to reaffirm to them that there’s nothing wrong with them, especially during puberty, which can already be such a vulnerable time.

Can you give us an idea of what specific topics regarding menstruation will be covered on the podcast?

In our first season, we talk about what it’s like to be a “late bloomer” – waiting to get your period after all of your friends have theirs. We explore how menstruation has affected one family across three generations of women, what sympathy cramps are like, how a family with two gay dads talk to their daughters about their periods, what menstruating is like for a trans and non-binary person, and how a lack of access to period products can impact people experiencing homelessness. Menstruation looks and feels different for everyone, and we want to talk about all of it. And this is just the beginning of the conversation. As we start thinking about season two, there’s so much more that we want to cover.


Young women have different experiences when it comes to having their first period. Do you remember yours and who was there to guide you?

Oh yes. I definitely remember my first period, and I talk about it in the pilot episode. I grew up in a house full of people with periods, so there were always products around and I had a little bit of prior knowledge just from osmosis. I started my period when I was 10, when I was out to dinner with my mom and some family. My older sister had actually started her period a month or two before me, so when it started and I felt that clammy sensation in my pants, I already knew what was happening. Growing up with three women in my house, and a plethora of older relatives and cousins around, I had a lot of people around me who had been through it before and gave me tips, whether I wanted them to or not. 

What do you want young girls to walk away with after listening to the podcast?

We want everyone who listens to Feeling My Flo to walk away with more understanding of what menstruation is like for those who experience it. And the show isn’t just for menstruators. My boyfriend doesn’t menstruate, but talking about it with him has been really important to us understanding each other better, especially during my period. Menstruation affects everyone, whether they bleed or not, and really understanding that is a part of breaking down the stigma that’s attached to periods. And we want to do that in a way that’s fun and engaging and makes you want to hear and learn more. Ultimately, we want our audience to feel informed, entertained, and empowered after every episode. 

Do you have advice for young people who are afraid to ask questions about their period or are embarrassed?

I know it may feel weird at first, and it feels like this mysterious, super private thing that you don’t want to talk about, but it’s completely okay. Find someone that you trust and ask away. Find someone who knows what you’re going through. There’s a lot about periods and the human body that we’re still figuring out, so there’s no such thing as a stupid question and nothing is too crazy to ask. Some of the resources we recommend for young menstruators include Hello Clue, Scarleteen, and Planned Parenthood.


You say that period poverty is a topic of conversation. Is there something young people can be doing to fight period poverty in other countries? 

Period poverty exists in our backyards. There are many organizations working to fight period poverty that young people can get involved with. In one of our episodes, we talked to a national activist and some high schoolers about how they’ve taken action. PERIOD is an example of an organization that’s fighting period poverty. They have people stationed all over the country donating products and doing research on how to make menstruation a safe and affordable reality for everyone. 

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?

For me, empowerment means feeling like you can do anything. When you’re feeling empowered, it’s like nothing can stop you. If you want to do something, or change something, you just can. All the barriers – racism, sexism, inequality – they just don’t mean as much when you know you have the capacity to do more than all those “isms” tell you you can.  

 
Find out more here!
 
 
Interview by Tia Banks 

Beauty Diary x Madison!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — August 13, 2019

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of teen beauty blogger, Madison!

What’s your name + where are you from?

My name is Madison Bitten. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, but I currently reside in Alabama. Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun!

What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I love the “makeup, no-makeup look”! It’s easy, cute, and super quick to do. It’s also really light so it’s perfect for those days that you don’t really want to have a beat face. Dewy makeup with blush and bronzer is another natural look that I adore.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would grab mascara, Fenty highlighter, and lip gloss!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My ultimate beauty icon is Jackie Aina! She has really broke the barrier in the beauty industry for darker women. There’s a lot of division within the industry that no one wants to talk about, but she does. She’s honest, funny, and gives amazing tips. I’ve learned a lot from her.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

Lip gloss is a must-have!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

Skin care is important! Especially for makeup application. You should take good care of it before and after your makeup!

Follow more of Madison’s beauty tips here!

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Beauty Diary x Bernice!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of teen blogger, Bernice!

What’s your name + the city you live in?

Bernice Ndegwa and I live in South Plainfield.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Two beauty trends that I absolutely love this year is less is more and pops of color on a bare face. For the majority of my life, I didn’t like the color of my skin and when I hit puberty I hated my dark spots even more. This is something I still struggle with to this day  but one thing that has helped tremendously is the wave of positivity that has come with showing your natural beauty. I still love makeup just as much as the next girl but being able to step into the world and be comfortable in my bare skin is the most important thing to me. Another trend that I have fallen in love with is the pops of color in makeup. Whether, a bare face with some pigmented shadow or a bold lip, this trend has really stolen my heart. To me the basis of makeup is to express yourself and this trend does exactly that. I love seeing the thought process of someone’s look just by observing the color and how they used it in their look.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would grab tea tree oil, vaseline, and some falsies.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My fashion icons are Kiitan A., Zendaya, and Jackie Aina. These three women carry such elegance and confidence in their day to day lives and are so unapologetically black that it’s hard not to be completely mesmerized by their presence.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My absolute must have is chapstick. Whether that be carmex, vaseline, or any other brand I’m trying at that particular time. I always make sure to have a lip moisturizing product on me because having chapped lips is one of my biggest pet peeves

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is a saying that my mom always says to me when I’m feeling a bit self conscious. Look good, do good, be good, feel good. I live by these words and to me if I look good than everything else can’t be that bad.

Follow more of Bernice beauty inspo here!

Bernice Ndgewa

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Beauty Diary x Dorian!

 Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Dorian!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Dorian Clark and I live in Memphis, TN.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

One beauty trend I am loving this year is the bold & weird combination of color choices for eyeshadow and lip color. It makes the look more unique and interesting to study. Another beauty trend I am loving this year is that makeup artist are creating art pieces within their makeup looks. Meaning, they are expressing their style through art on their faces.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

If I had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, I would grab an eyebrow pencil, mascara, and my favorite lip gloss!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My ultimate beauty icon is Jackie Aina because she express her love and passion for the black community through her love for makeup. She also gives her supporters helpful tips for makeup application and has relatable content. You can tell she has a genuine passion for creativeness. She also has an awesome sense of humor!

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

One beauty must have that lives in my bag is chap stick. You can’t be cute with crusty lips!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to ALWAYS have fun while doing your makeup. When creating different makeup looks, you have to have fun with it and put on your hat of creativeness. Also, don’t care what others may think of your weird combination of color choices!

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Beauty Diary x Kaela!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — March 12, 2019

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Kaela!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Kaela Moore. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia but live in Tallahassee, Florida and attend Florida A&M University aka FAMU. Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun!

What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Normally, I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I always gravitate towards nudes or girly pink makeup looks. For 2019 I am looking forward to lots of color. I want to explore out my comfort zone and try more bold, careful, daring eye shadow looks.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Chap stick. Clear or sheer pink Lip gloss. Lash glue if I’m wearing lashes. Literally in that order.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

For makeup my favorite beauty icons are MakeUpShayla and AaliyahJay. Their youtube tutorials are always thorough and they were the first mua’s closest to my skin tone that I looked up to. For hair my ultimate beauty icon is NaturalNeiicey. I’ve watched her in the beginning of her hair journey and my hair journey. Her hair texture and curl pattern was similar to mine so it helped me throughout my hair journey.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

I always have lip gloss and mascara in my bag. Those are my two must haves every day. 

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to be authentically you. Be authentically you in any hairstyle, makeup look, or outfit your in. Your inner confidence enhances your look and always remember another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own.

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Beauty Diary x Nia!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Blogger + Youtuber, Nia!

What’s your name + city you live in?
My name is Nia Lackland, but I go by “KeepingUpWithNi”. I currently attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA… however, I live in Chicago part time.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
I am really loving the beauty trends of this year! This year has been all about embracing your natural beauty. I love the trend of natural eyebrows rather than the “ombre” eyebrows that were popular in the recent past. Also, I love the inner eye glow with gold eyeshadow or highlighter. It just brightens up and brings more attention to your eyes.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
OMG! I would definitely grab foundation, concealer and natural hair curling cream! I just think these are the basic essentials for a cute quick look.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
My ultimate beauty icon has to be Alissa Ashley. Alissa is so relatable and humble. I truly enjoy watching her videos and being able to follow her journey as she expands her brand. I love the fact that Alissa stresses that she is a regular person but she also knows her value.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?
My beauty must-have is definitely lip gloss. I CANNOT leave my house without my lip gloss, it just makes me feel pretty.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My number 1 beauty rule is literally one word, versatility. I love to switch things up and try new styles. I try not to wear the same style for a long time. Otherwise, I would get bored and tired of my look.

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Beauty Diary x LaQuin!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of LaQuin Simmons!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is LaQuin Simmons + I’m from the Philadelphia area.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I don’t really follow beauty trends but two that I love and use are natural/boy beat and lip gloss.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Colourpop Alissa Ashley gloss, nyx HD concealer and Pacifica dream big mascara are the ones I’m snatching on my way out.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

I can’t say really choose between Zendaya and YouTube Alissa Ashley. They really show the two parts of me the natural side and then the more glam side.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My concealer has to be in my bag because I don’t really get much sleep in the first place.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

The only real rule I follow is what you put into your body is important, so eating right is gonna help make my skin and hair healthier.

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