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How To Pick The Right Red Lipstick For You



by McKenzie Renae of McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com

Choosing a red lipstick can be daunting at times. Fret no more my dear, McKenzie Renae to the rescue! Whether you're after a fresh new look, a spicy option for a night on the town, or just a glam alternative to nude lips, everyone can gain something from the tips below. Check them out and get ready to put your best pout forward!

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What’s the best plant based moisturizer for hair and skin?

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CN Says: 
Although this article focuses on skin care, we use these same ingredients in our hair! I hope it helps! Spoiler alert- shea butter, rice bran and olive oil are the winners ;) 


Q:  Rebecca asks us to recommend the most effective, longest lasting, all around best plant-based moisturizer for skin. In our response we talk about the different methods of moisturization and what it means to be “plant-based.”

A: 3 methods of moisturization.

1. Occlusives
Purpose: To reduce how much water evaporates through your skin. (Cosmetic scientists refer to this as TransEpidermal Moisture Loss or TEWL.) Occlusive agents form a hydrophobic barrier on your skin that keeps the water on the inside. The most effective examples include petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone. Some plant oils help occlude the skin but typically they are included more for their emolliency.

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6 Ways To Unclog Your Pores & Minimize Breakouts


via XoNecole by Krissy Lewis

When I usually get these bumpy breakouts, they appear in groups on my forehead. Most of the time, when I get these minor acne outbreaks, I would assume it's caused by a reaction to a moisturizer or face wash, but that wasn't the case. I did some research on what can cause them and I realized, my pores were crying for help.

Besides maintaining a healthy diet and drinking more water, here are six ways to unclog your pores and get rid of pesky bumps:

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Are Lotions with Water Actually Bad for Your Skin?

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Veronica asks, "I heard that using lotions with water is actually bad for your skin because as the water evaporates it removes the skin’s natural moisture and oil. Is this true?'

TBB:  There are two fundamental ways that lotions can moisturizer your skin: one way is to provide an occlusive barrier that prevents the moisture that’s already in your skin from evaporating. That’s what ingredients like, petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones and so forth do. The technical term for this is reducing TEWL or Transepidermal Water Loss.

The second way lotions work is to attract moisture to you skin using an ingredient that has an affinity for water. We call these ingredients “humectants” and they are things like glycerin, sorbitol, and hyaluronic acid. They essentially bind water to the surface of your skin.

The best skin moisturizers use both mechanisms to moisturize skin. And the best way to do that is through an emulsion that’s a combination of oil and water.

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The Best Black Makeup Artists on Instagram

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by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

It seems like the world of makeup, hair and all things related to beauty has taken Instagram by storm. The number of hashtags, posts, and accounts dedicated to makeup and beauty is astounding. If you’re a follower of beauty and fashion, then I’m sure you know of just how large the makeup and beauty community is on Instagram.

From pics of stunning nail art designs to flawless makeup selfies, the amount of awe inspiring beauty pics is enough to have you heading out the door and to your local beauty supply store.

Despite the popularity of the makeup and beauty community, it often feels as though certain demographics are lacking in the exposure department. Women of color, especially black women, often have difficulty finding makeup and beauty accounts that represent their respective communities.

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