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Beauty Line-up: Brittany S.

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — October 7, 2021

 

Scroll through the Beauty Line-Up of Tallahassee-based beauty-lover + digital creator, Brittany!

What’s your name + city you live in?

Hello my name is Brittany Seville and I currently live in Tallahassee, FL for college.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + expressing your vibe. What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + expressing your vibe. two beauty trends I am loving this year are Graphic and over the top eyeliner looks and wearing blush (or any red color eyeshadow) under my eyes.

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

I would Grab my Brown lip liner, My eyebrow pencil (of course), and my concealer.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon OR what inspires your makeup looks + why?

I can’t say that I have a beauty icon but I definitely pull the majority of my inspo off of pinterest! I am often inspired the most by the looks that have more of a futuristic and colourful vibe.

A mixture of everyday glam and bold colourful eye makeup.

How does your makeup reflect your personal style?

My makeup reflects my style in a way that shows that I take risks but sometimes like to stay safe, just in case.

What’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

I would have to say my “club hopper” NYX LIp Liner. I honestly don’t go anywhere without it. She and I are one.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is to do whatever makes you feel like the best version of you. you don’t need to follow trends or stay safe just because you feel like no one else is looking like you. The best part about a beauty routine is that it’s customizable to each individual person. I always say “if I go out and look like everyone else, how are you supposed to spot me out from the rest.”

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Natural In The Age Of BBL…

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Health/Beauty, Daily Blog, Latest | by — September 15, 2021

Natural Beauty In The Age Of BBL

Written by Naya Solomon

BBL Problems. BBL Behavior. The BBL Effect. DO any of these phrases ring a bell?

A couple monthss back, a viral video had Twitter in pretty high spirits- the clip showed a line of recent BBL patients looking to board planes as wheelchair passengers. Accompanied by lighthearted tweets from account owner @MuvaofGotti, stating things like, “-it’s 28 wheelchairs coming off this flight from DR and Delta losing their minds-” the internet found it hilarious, ridiculing the seemingly innumerable women lined up like dominoes after subjecting themselves to the same  procedure.

A few others chimed in to express their mild concern, disbelief, and comedic sentiments for the surgeons responsible for making these women’s dreams come true. That following month, another twitter user came forward with a surprising letter from an unnamed Hotel, expressing their inability to accommodate so many post-operative stays.

It seems we as a people have reached an emotional impasse in regards to the BBL(Brazillian Butt Lift) Epidemic that has very clearly taken the country and its impressionable young women by storm. Despite its lighthearted presence online, what goes on beneath the surface is a bit more sinister.

As successful surgical videos circulate online and grace the eyes of young girls, teens, and women trapped in the house and online, we have to wonder what the effect of all this one-sided media will have.

Tiktok has given us “The BBL Effect,” an insanely popular trend started by creator @Antonibumba poking fun at the caricature that is the young woman with a bbl- she’s a socialite that uses apple pay at the deli. She drinks with a straw even though it’s bad for her lip-filler. She needs all her clothes altered. With her lips pursed and hair tossed over her shoulder, she is the moment. See: Kylie Jenner and Stassie Baby types. We see young people of all sorts imitating their favorite bbl-toting baddies.

Antonio’s latest video under the tag very casually addresses the viral tweets, suggests they be safe if planning to undergo the surgery, and almost quickly enough to dismiss it, mentions that the procedure was giving “life threatening vibes,” noting that their aunt died from one only six months prior.

The threat that bbl’s pose on the body is easily overlooked when the culture makes it palatable and popular. Now, no shade to Antonio they’re hilarious and we love and appreciate our black content creators- but this is an excellent example of how something so serious can become trivialized.

“BBL surgery” in the tiktok search bar will show you hundreds of patients documenting their experiences, some as young as nineteen years old- an age at which the body hasn’t finished developing.

So many of us have been online for so long we’ve forgotten how to log off. When faced with other women on social media so frequently, we forget that everything is strategically planned, our bodies are posed, our hair is coiffed, and nothing is ever as it seems. Naturalness isn’t a crime. Our perceptions of what is beautiful and attainable has been skewed by social media stunts and capitalistic endeavors. If lots of people make something popular, society begins to cater to it. As this surgery gained massive popularity, terms like “BBL Fashion” were coined, and it was suddenly easy to see what kinds of stores have always catered to the unattainable looks that wear on our confidence: Fashion Nova, Pretty Little Thing, clothes pulled tightly on mannequins shaped like coke bottles.

It’s painfully easy to fall victim to insecurity when society makes it palatable, but it’s not the only route to take. Perhaps it’s time we looked past our insecurities and at who and what preys on them. There’s nothing wrong with you at all, and there never was.

~ By Naya Solomon

Beauty Line-Up: Amanda

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — June 22, 2021

 Scroll through the Beauty Line-Up of New Jersey-based beauty content creator, Amanda!

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What’s your name + city you live in?

Amanda Roberts, Camden, NJ
 
Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + expressing your vibe. What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
 
Glowy makeup, not like the highlighter glow but the good skincare glow. I’m also really into pastel or colorful eyeliner and mascara.

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

Glossier future dew, Elf wow brow, Milk makeup blur liquid.

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Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon OR what inspires your makeup looks + why? 

My ultimate beauty icon is Yara Shahidi. I love how fun and youthful her makeup looks are!

How does your makeup reflect your personal style?

I’m very laid back. I love natural beauty so I try to keep my look fresh and simple. My goal typically is to look moisturized. Sometimes when I’m feeling adventurous, I like to add a cute detail like a sparkly lid, freckles, or pastel eyeliner.

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What’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

One beauty must-have in my bag is my sunscreen. It makes a perfect primer & base for makeup, protects my skin, & is the secret to that beautiful glow. I really like the brand Black Girl Sunscreen.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

Always remove your makeup before going to bed!

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Healthy Habits? The Struggle?

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — March 30, 2021

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By Teen Blogger: Claudia Lopez

Healthier Habits, Healthier Life

Being healthier is perceived as a very difficult task sometimes. Well, to tell you the truth leading a healthier life isn’t as hard as it seems. One of the easiest ways to lay the foundation for a more wholesome life is by creating healthy habits. 

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Being healthy is a lifestyle. So your habits just don’t necessarily have to be about “eating healthier” all the time. It could be to start a self-care routine, clean your room every morning, or even simply to read books! 

The best way to create habits is to start off with small goals. For example, if your goal is eating better, you can simply start by eating three meals a day and drinking lots of water! Then as time passes, slightly increase your goal to switch out the not-so-healthy foods with better options. When creating these habits it is crucial that you don’t just jump right into the deep end of things.

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 You also need to make sure to give yourself a break. If you break the cycle of your habits that is okay! Don’t give yourself a hard time for being human. Just make sure you get back up and start again where you left off. This is important because if your habits begin to cause you stress or makes you feel bad, you more than likely will quit altogether.

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Good habits are essential for our day-to-day lives. Once you have gotten used to the feeling of doing them, it will come natural to you!

Teen blogger, Claudia Lopez

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Vibe Check With Jojo!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — December 1, 2020

Whew! This year has been a whirlwind that has shifted our mind, body + overall chill vibes when it comes to life.  Maryland-based college student, Jour’dan Haynes, drops her gems of how she stays grounded, protects her peace and elevates her wellness!

Let’s vibe out with Jojo…

This year has given us many surprises we weren’t expecting, whew! What are some of your go-to affirmations or quotes that you say to stay motivated?

The infamous year 2020 will never be forgotten. To get me through it, I remind myself daily of my mission despite the obstacles being thrown at us over the course of this year.

1. Continue saving money

2. Spend time with loved ones

3. Be about your grind! Prioritize your time!

4. Finally, every day at 11:11 I wish for everyone that I care about to be healthy, happy & successful.

What’s your spiritual morning routine? How do you unclutter your thoughts before you start your day? 

The first part of my morning routine begins with preparing a cup of tea, followed by cleansing the exterior of my body. I sage myself from head to toe, allowing the aroma to spread through my bedroom removing all negative energy and thoughts from my space and mind. Next, yoga to awaken and relax my muscles and meditation to center my mind. Then, a big glass of water, and depending on the severity of my stress levels I will take a warm bath.

I find that the best way to declutter my thoughts is making a to-do list. Accessing the most important things I need to get done by the end of the day.

Being a student + budgeting can be stressful! How do you still eat healthy on a budget? How does food affect your mood? 

Maintaining a healthy diet is extremely important when you’re a student. The workload can stress you out! The best way to not grab for the ramen noodle packs and candy bars is to consciously choose healthier alternatives that will still fulfill the craving. Instead of having ice cream, I will make a smoothie! Something that is healthy, equally delicious, and will curb my craving for sweets. Implementing these sorts of habits into my life I have seen a drastic change in my focus and mood.

The budgeting portion really comes naturally once you realize how much you save cooking at home or in your dorm. But treat yourself from time to time! Set up a reward system. For example, every two weeks if you completed your class assignments, studied hard for an exam, or just completed some personal goals, then you can take a day to eat out. This will motivate you so much more because you have something to look forward to that excites you after the hard work is done.

Why are manifestations important? 

It helps you get a clear understanding of your goals, and acts as a reminder for when things start to get hard.

Being a free spirit is a beautiful gift! How do you protect your peace + stay true to who you are?

Being a free spirt is about staying true to your “real” self. Once you understand yourself, you develop values, rules, and expectations to live by. The best way to protect your peace when you unlock such gift is to quickly remove anything that is not serving you for the better.

What type of music elevates your energy? Your go-to songs?

I am an old soul. R&B records from back in the day “hit different” how young adults my age would put it. LOL.  My favorite artist is Charlie Wilson! And Some of my go to songs are: For Real by Amel Larrieux, Off The Wall by Micheal Jackson, Angie Stone: Do what you gotta do, Corinne Bailey Rae: Put Your Records On, Even Closer by Goapele and Stephanie Mills, Love Like This Before. These songs stay, and I repeat, stay on repeat. They never fail to get me out of a funk.

Does moving your body + fitness impact how you feel?

Exercise really is a mood booster. Taking a walk, riding a bike, strength exercises really wake me up in the morning. I would advise at least working out for 30 mins a day. If you have not worked out in a while start light and just monitor to see if your experiencing any changes in your mood.

What words of wisdom would you like to leave with other girls creating who they want to be?

It’s not always going to be easy as Erykah Badu said “evolving involves eliminating!”

Be about your grind and prioritize your time! A personal quote of mine.

And something I heard recently “if one can do it you can too, if none have done it you can be one!” Stay true to yourself, be authentic, and trust your intuition. This way you will build the lifestyle you want and become the person you desire.

Follow more of Jojo’s journey here:

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Hmm! Beauty Myth-Busters

Summer, summer, summertime is here! We are ready to indulge in everything fun in the sun and make the most of the season. As the weather changed, so did our styles and beauty routines. There are a lot of rumors going on about what is best for black girls during the summertime and we are here to debunk the myths! 

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Melanin and SPF| Sunscreen needs to be your friend all year round, but especially in summer. The sun doesn’t care what color your skin is; it will burn you all the same. Your melanin cannot protect you from the strong rays of the sun by itself. You still need extra protection with sunscreen! 

Bright Colors| This is a season for bright colors. Neon is especially big this season so don’t miss out. Black girls of all shades look dope in all different hues! Wear that neon green dress, that yellow eye shadow, or that blue lipstick. Wear them all at the same time if you want to.  Do you boo! 

Bronzer| It’s untrue that black girls don’t like bronzer or should stay away from bronzer. We like to have a warm golden tone during the summer too. It’s a nice alternative to contouring that softens the face. Embrace the glow – and add some highlight too! 

~ Tia Banks, Contet Editor

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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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

The Chatty Chick

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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…

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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.  

 
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Interview by Tia Banks