Beauty at a Cost

DIYs and YouTube tutorials have become the go-to guru for all things. From interior decorating, maintenance on vehicles, and beauty needs; there’s a video for everything. Speaking of beauty…sometimes we get so lost in the products and the names and the “skin care routines” that some of our favorite YouTubers utilize that we might do more harm than good.

Did you know, that you should never exfoliate dirty skin?! There are thousands of exfoliant products that are advertised to us, that tell us that we NEED to exfoliate regularly to keep the dead skin to a minimum, but… if you’re face isn’t clean then it makes zero sense to exfoliate. The granulates in the exfoliants actually press the dirt deeper into the skin, creating dark areas, black heads, and clogged pores. We think that we’re cleaning but we’re not. And clean doesn’t just mean splashed with water or lathered with bar soap… An exfoliant is not the same thing as a cleanser and should only be used once a week, give or take the type of skin you may have while cleansers should be used twice a day essentially. Skin types are very important to recognize. From oily, to dry to normal to a combination of the sorts, this recognition helps you to choose products that will work along with your skin rather than against.

Rgiphy-1ule of thumb, if you do nothing else… Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. Keys that lead to great, clear, firm, supple skin! #staywoke

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“Money doesn’t grow on trees”, we all know that, but pinching pennies could lead to bacteria and even fungus growing in your makeup products. Mascara only has a utilization life of about three months. As air and other matter seeps into the mascara container with each use, it makes it more susceptible for those growths and using the product after its expiration date can cause pink eye, a stye, or other problems. Not washing your makeup brushes is also a dead shot to bacteria build up. Foundation, concealer, bronzers, and other makeup generally only have a “safe” life of about six months to a year, after that it would be a good idea to replace those products.
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One YouTuber who’s caught my eye with her makeup handy tricks and tips is Michelle Phan. She’s gained populairty over the years allowing her to develop her own website, michellephan.com.While watching just a few of her vids, she’s shown me that you don’t need expensive products to make those makeup tutorials come to life. That’s right! Aside from E.L.F and NYX products being just a couple of the more affordable and quality brands,  some of your basic house hold items can be utilized for a lot of beauty tasks. For example, cleaning makeup brushes is a “major key” and sometimes getting that foundation out of those bristles is a stubborn job but a 2:1 ratio of Dawn dish soap and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super fast and easy way to clean those brushes compared to purchasing a basic solution. Most DIY-Beet-Blush-and-Lip-.jpgmakeup products can be made right at home with just a few simple ingredients, petroleum jelly or moisturizer, eye shadow or other powder, and an essential oil. This combination of ingredients can be used for a few things like a lipstick or gloss, blush, amplified eye shadows, and even a high light or contour cream.

 

There may be tutorials and guidelines all over the web that you can look up, but there’s no law against cutting a few corners or saving a buck. Check out some DIY’s and get creative!!!

 

 

 

Release your inhibitions

In today’s society of social media, selfies, big butts, and Brazilian bundles… chances are scrutiny is everywhere: at home, in the workplace, in clubs and organizations, and even when we’re just out and about. From our hairstyle of choice, to our selection of clothes, down to the God-given quality of our skin, we’re constantly under a magnifying glass by people we don’t even know.

We’re judged on how we talk, how we walk, our demeanor, our orientation, the length of our hair, the tone of our skin, the fullness of our lips, the bone in our hips, and even the ridges in our teeth.

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Because of these close examinations, it’s no wonder we take special care to make sure our hair is neat and tidy, our clothes match and have decent quality, and that we speak with articulation, but at some point we have to realize that enough is enough. Our life is our own and no one should be able to dictate how we should be our own person. From social media to that nosy co-worker to that hating  “friend”there’s always someone trying to dim our light, trying to downplay our highs and broadcast our lows. A promotion, big purchase, new car, closing on a house, acceptance letter, even a new hair color…those people will come around trying to tell you what you “shoulda, coulda, woulda” did and why you made the wrong choice and that they probably could’ve done it too. For some reason people will try to find a way to rain on your parade but it’s you, yourself, and I marching through this thing called life.

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This past Sunday’s church service delivered a great message- “Don’t allow others to trick you out of your blessings”. In short, if you like something, if you want something, if you have your heart set on something and you’re in route to get it…don’t allow someone to talk you out of it. Many will try to tell you what they would do if they were you but the simple, yet humorous fact is… they’re not you.

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If you want to rock a blue afro then shave it off the next week, do it. Do it because that’s what you want to do. WorldStarHipHop, TheShadeRoom, BallerAlert, MediaTakeOut, Tumblr, and many more have been the home for “embarrassing” memes of people getting called out. Whether it was a video that went viral for an obese woman wearing too small clothing, a man receiving a lace front, or someone inside of McDonalds cursing the cashier…sure it’s funny but why do we care? What does it matter that a man wants to feel confident and extend his locks. Who are we to judge a woman who may not be able to purchase a new wardrobe. It may be funny to watch and listen to but, who knows if the man had to really find the money to buy a meal and why shouldn’t he deserve to have it prepared in the way he desired. This viewpoint may be playing the devils advocate, but moral of the story, we’re all living our own life the way we know how, who knows what the other deals with on a daily basis while we pass such harsh judgement.

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If you’ve heard the catchy YouTube hit “She Ratchet”… then you’d recognize the meme included above, and for others…this just may be your mantra…constantly judging people while you’re not such hot stuff yourself. By all means if you want to come outside wearing red weave, green nails, and yellow teeth…go ahead; theoretically speaking (haha!) On the other hand why do we act and live life through others eyes. We might not buy a shirt that we like because someone we know has it or we might not go to the party on Saturday because the outfit we want to wear isn’t “good enough”. If we made decisions based on others opinions throughout life, we’d never find happiness. So many people have harshly judged men in the African American community for pressing or perming their hair. Sure, for some it may seem odd for a man to adjust his natural hair as it’s more accustomed to by women but, if a man chooses to jazz himself up, who is he hurting?

It all starts as fun and games-the teasing and poking fun at the “odd” ones, but what about those that feel conscious about some decisions for fear of what society may say. To some extent we’ve all done it. That second guessing yourself when it comes to a second helping of food, the decision to make a new purchase, or even to wear a bikini.

Who cares about him, her, he she, them, they…

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“They don’t want us to eat…”

“They don’t want us to live…”

“They don’t want us to succeed…”

“They don’t want us to win! So, We’re going to win more!”

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Beat your face, not your Wallet!

YouTube beauty community are saving our lives, and we don’t even know it. Make up artist are showcasing their skills for the world to learn. From simple shadow looks to serious contour series. However, most experienced make up YouTubers are using high end products and that can be a little intimidating for us beginners.

So if you are a beginner to the “beat yo face” community, don’t fret. There are tons of drug store brands that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

My favorite brand of all time is elf, short for eyes lips and face. They provide products that are user friendly, effective in cost and easy to get your hands on. You can find elf products in various drugs stores, but my favorite place to purchase their products is Target.

Recommended Products: 

Brushes (black set only)  — For $30,  you can get a flawless finish using these brushes. They’re very soft and easy to hold. The fan brush is amazing for applying highlighter.

Liquid eyeliner — $2 value, high end results. If you’re learning how to apply liquid liner, this will be your best friend. The pointy brush allow you to create the perfect wing. I’ve been using this product since I’ve started wearing makeup.

 

 

Another great brand for cost effective makeup, is NYX cosmetics. NYX has the best everything; from lip products to eyeshadows. Their price margin isn’t to different from elf, although they do have some “expensive” products to be a drug store brand. You will always catch NYX in my makeup bag.

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Butter Gloss: $5 in value, If you are looking for a moisturizing lip product with shine and color, then you’re in luck. This product is pretty thick in consistency, so DO NOT apply to dry lips (it tends to turn white in the corners of your mouth). However, this product is still great for those quick makeup looks and you don’t want to go super glam with a lip stick, this is definitely a great alternative.

Lip Lingerie: For $7 you can get the Kylie Lipkit look. It’s available in various nude shades, including the trendy brown lip. Although I haven’t tried the product myself, I’ve heard great things about it. So far I’ve only seen it online, but I would check Ulta as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

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#NOMAKEUP

Soulful, raspy, sensual, humble, curvaceous, stylish, humanitarian, mogul, actress, pianist, director, singer, and mother, are just some of the words used to describe the one and only, Alicia Keys.

She stole our hearts at the peak of the 2000’s with Fallin’ and kept leading us on with songs like Diary, You Don’t Know My Name, No One, and Girl on Fire. She’s taken a break, started a family, begun directing plays, began fighting for human rights, and somehow in between it all she still managed to make music. It seems that she has a new sound and a new outlook on life based on one of her newest singles, “In Common”. It’s a fresh take on a new love. The song talks about the joys, surprise and worry that someone could possibly love her and accept her for who she is.

One of her newest mantras is the no makeup movement. In the world of today, with no shortage of hip, butt, and lip injections, breast augmentations, skin bleaching, weaves, and makeup it’s no surprise that our girls are beginning to look like full blown women at such a young age. Makeup and the other assets is something women indulge in for various reasons, whether it be simple self-expression or possibly concealing a flaw they may not like, but as a young child turning on the television or even going to the store, seeing everyone dolled up, with extreme curves…I can only imagine going through puberty during this epidemic. Now more than ever, seeing these things could lead the youth to develop low self-esteem, absence of confidence among other things with no one to look up to. Thanks to Alicia Keys and many other women in the industry, we can finally find some inspiration for our girls instead of weeding out all the celebrities.

Alicia Keys published a piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and made several statements that really made me stop and think.

“Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ’cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?”

Deny as we may, we’ve all had this feeling. Our outfit wasn’t the best, our shoes weren’t the newest, we might’ve been “late bloomers”, we may have had to wear braces, might’ve had acne, our voice may have been a bit funny sounding, our hair wasn’t the longest or straightest, and our skin wasn’t the smoothest or lightest-as society has taught us, or it might’ve just been a bad day and we forgot to care about how we look for others sake.

“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

I can remember in elementary school seeing movies like Clueless or Bring it On, and even seeing celebrities like Aaliyah and Beyoncé and looking up to them, in a sense kind of wanting to be them, because they’re so beautiful and must live an awesome life. I can remember in high school, if you didn’t have the new Jordan’s, a pair of True Religions, a designer purse, the most “laid” sew in…. well, you know the rest. At such a young age it’s instilled in us, somehow, that we need to look like this, have this, do this, talk like this, walk like this, etc.

“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

I wish I could’ve included the entire article because it was so raw and real. The stigma that Alicia Keys along with many everyday women experience is real! There are many who like putting on a “face” simply because they like it and there are also those who really struggle with their inner happiness and acceptance. They’re not curvy enough so they have to get injections, their butts are a little flatter than some so why not pump it up, lips aren’t as full as her’s: Botox! The list goes on and on. One problem I’ve identified is that we can find 1,000 flaws, but can’t seem to recognize 10 beauties. Alicia Keys wrote a song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”. The lyrics are inspiring: In the morning from the minute that I wake up , What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup, Who says I must conceal what I’m made of , Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem. After receiving so much flack at the recent VMA’s, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Y’all, choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”.  It seems as though people were confused. Alicia simply means that she no longer wants makeup to be her go-to when it comes to being beautiful. She doesn’t want to feel obligated to plaster it on before she leaves the house. She also doesn’t want to put anyone down if they do choose to indulge in it.

The key is self-worth, confidence, and acceptance. Be unashamed, proud, and unapologetic. If you like it wear it, if you want it get it, but if you’re not happy with yourself then you’ll never be able to accept you for you. TLC may have been the best to say it:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the make up

That M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel

So damn unpretty

I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Let’s follow in Alicia Keys’ footsteps and set an example for others, including our youth.  Here’s a link to the full article. http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a410/alicia-keys-time-to-uncover/

 

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Being You!

“In a world full of Kardashians, be a Letty” or “In a world full of Kardashians, be Ayesha Curry” are two meme captions that perfectly describes the story behind this post. Be you. It’s just that simple. Don’t let society pick who you are going to be; be who and whatever makes you happy. If you are sincerely a Letty, an Ayesha Curry or even a Kardashian, be that and be the best you that you can be!

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To Beat Thy Face, or to not Beat Thy Face

To beat thy Face, or to not beat thy face?

That is the question… in terms of makeup of course!!!!

Beat. Slay. Dust. Snatched. Wacked.

            So many silly terms but they all mean the same thing. The beauty industry has always been a prominent entity. With so many new innovations to keep women “beautiful” and “young”, why wouldn’t it be, especially when that’s how society defines the woman’s “quality”? Somewhere around 2012 makeup changed and would never be the same, it was a new era. It became every girls fascination. YouTubers flooded the scene with how-to’s and Pinterest was swamped with women searching for the perfect makeup and ensemble idea. New techniques, gizmos, gadgets, and tools were all the rave.

With over 20 shades of brown, from pale cream to goldenskin honey  to deep mocha, you would think that there’d be a foundation for every woman but sadly this hasn’t been the case. So many women of color have been wearing the wrong shade of foundations simply due to the fact that their skin shade isn’t offered. Imagine, you being darker skinned having to settle to wear a toffee shade of makeup…the agony! Did you know that more cosmetic brands are just NOW (in 2016) catering to women of color? I guess after drops in sales, complaints of brands having only basic colors offered for the, more fair-skinned counterparts, and the false advertising of “dark cocoa” swatches that were actually caramel colors were drastic enough for brands like L’Oreal and Cover Girl to launch lines of foundations and concealers for the darker skinned women such as the Queen line for Cover Girl, backed by ambassadors like Queen Latifah.

As a woman, we make due with what we have, whether that means creating a concoction mix of powders and liquids to get the best look possible or simply starting our own cosmetic line, it gets handled. A perfect smooth canvas with the right dewy effect, a flawless contour, sexy highlights, lashes for days, and thick, “on-fleek” brows painted by “the gawds” themselves are THEE only way to go.

But, why are women receiving backlash for their newfound love for their artistic expression that is makeup?

Men AND women have given makeup wearers a piece of their mind through social media memes and other postings. From Love and Hip Hop to today’s rap music to the everyday coworker, men have expressed their admiration and hatred for makeup, all the same. They love how it looks on a woman and how it enhances her features when it’s nicely and subtly done, but they fear for when she takes off the painted face because the transformations that makeup has done for some is absolutely astounding…

 

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Now, some makeovers will leave others in total shock but nonetheless…we don’t criticize men for wanting to play sports, getting drunk with buddies, or rolling in the dirt among other things. Why is a woman’s hobby and interest up for debate and critique? In addition to the man’s judgment, of course we have the “one’s who do and one’s who don’t”…everything isn’t for everybody, but is that a reason to condemn the counterpart? Some women who don’t wear makeup actually attack those that do with scowls, a turned up nose, and such comments like “why do you have to wakeup and put on makeup everyday, I’m beautiful enough to go bare” and “I bet if they didn’t have that makeup on they wouldn’t get that attention” and “it’s 12 in the afternoon, where are you going with all that makeup”. Girls will be girls, right, but those who like makeup should be able to wear it freely whenever, however, and wherever they want to wear it. How does my wearing of makeup make you feel any type of way? If you love to be natural and show off beautiful radiant skin, then you should feel so empowered to do so, happily. But, as women should we not high five one another and give a compliment when we look good, makeup or natural? I bet if those bashers of makeup-wearers knew how to do their makeup like the ones they critique, they’d possibly love it too.

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…And then there were the abusers of makeup. Everything in moderation, less is more! The “gawds” want you to be on fleek…*Forever*. Take some time and check off your list…

  • Define your skin type; oily, dry, combination-important for selection of foundation and concealer brand and variety
  • Get matched with the correct foundation and concealer
  • Research and invest in a decent quality of makeup
  • Get the right types of quality brushes for the job AND clean them regularly.
  • Define your style and find eye shadows, liners, highlight, lip colors to compliment you and your skin tone.
  • Stay trendy and in the know-Amy Winehouse eyeliner isn’t popping right now
  • Consult with a professional for tips and suggestions
  • When applying makeup, try to utilize various lighting to be sure of the quality
  • If you’re face feels heavy and a bit tacky by the touch, chances are you’ve applied too much

As cliché as the makeup tutorials are becoming, they are such a FREE and helpful tool to learn and practice doing makeup, from everyday casual makeup to special night out looks. Makeup seminars are so costly, running about $50-$500 a session, depending on the artist or brand and the location. If you do choose to go to a seminar for some extra helpful lessons, MAC has some classes that are held every so often for about $100 a session at various locations.

Visit Ulta lately? Well, it’s only every woman’s Wal-Mart for makeup…THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. From contour kits, brow kits, foundations, eye shadow pallets, face cleansers, and hair nurturing products you can find everything you need and even more that you don’t need but will most likely find a use for. Upon your venture, try not to get swept up in the hype. Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX, Naked, MAC, NARS, and Urban Decay are all great brands that cater to their customers, but it’s not the end all be all for beauty buys. Eyeliner doesn’t need to cost you $40 nor does foundation need to run you $98. Though, some may argue that it’s so worth it, it’s worth the exploration of different brands to find what works best for you and your pockets. Natural and organic products are the new “thing”. In fact many popular brands have been noted to have lead and other chemicals in their products which has fueled other brands to produce items that are harmless if ingested, not tested on animals, various flavors, and crazy cool colors. I argue, some products are worth spending the extra bucks on while others can be simply bought at the local Walgreens for pocket change.

Makeup has given women all over the world of all ages the confidence and self-esteem they’ve always wanted. Whether it be for a special occasion or an everyday activity they love to indulge in, it’s okay to wear makeup. If you’re good at doing makeup, you may want to start video tutorials, start a small business, become the campus go-to makeup guru, or even come up with new trendy looks. Retail therapy has taken a back seat to makeup rehab, it’s how we express ourselves and possibly even relieve stress. Who doesn’t feel better after knowing they look good.

And for those that have sooooo much to say…. BOY BYE

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We’ve all had our ups and downs, trials and errors with makeup. Starting out, why didn’t our friends tell us our eyebrows were too boxy and too dark? Why didn’t anyone tell us our foundation didn’t match? Nonetheless, just thankful for the glow up!!!

Do you love makeup? Are you one of those makeup bashers? Is it wrong to wear it everyday?

Here’s one youtuber that does a great job displaying her makeup routine. Beginner, intermediate, expert or simply a lover for makeup… indulge!

 

 

I Boiled My Weave!!!

Being someone who loves and cherishes all things weave and weave related, I wanted to share how I revived my hair!

During the Fall time I purchased some hair from Kendra P., Miink Brazilian Hair Company and saved it to reuse for a rainy day! So I’m going to give a quick recap of how to bring your extensions back to life! (I cannot guarantee results just in case your hair does not turn out as expected).XhjiYakW

First, I prepped my hair by removing any old thread and combing the extensions from the weft to the ends. I also took a big pot and began to boil some water while I work on the extensions.

I then washed and conditioned all of my hair gently in warm water with organix “Coconut Oil” Shampoo and Conditioner. Normally I like to solely cowash my hair and not condition but in this instance I used both since it hasn’t been used in some months. You can purchase Organix products from Target, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. You can also purchase just a cowashing product as well, Pantene is my favorite.

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By the time you finished washing all of your extensions, your water should be boiling now. I added 2 scoops of Silicone Mix into my boiling water. I carefully added all the extensions to the boiling water. Once submerged, I let the hair boil in the mixture for about 15 minutes.51XwQEYbmxL._SY300_QL70_

I removed all the extensions and wanted to make sure my hair was silky and shiny. To do this, I took a couple ziplock bags and divided the hair up into the bags. Then I filled the bags with a couple squirts of Pantene conditioner. I made sure there was conditioner covering the hair and closed the ziplock bags. I let this sit for about three days and rinsed and let my hair air dry over night.

My hair definitely was silky smooth and even now, it has been a week since my hair has been installed and it is still flawless and easy to manage. It’s not tangling and losing its luster. I recommend this method if you have some hair you invested in and can reuse, do it!

Are there any other tricks or hacks you guys use to revive your extensions? Let us know!

Black and I’m Proud?

With the continuous catastrophic killings of black men in America is being African American something you take pride in, or shy away from? A lot of people are living in fear and choose not to embrace who they are as a black individual.

Azealia Banks is known for many things, maybe a rapper, but mostly for her outspoken rants on twitter. Banks often speaks upon black appropriation and how our style, ideas, and music is often stolen and built upon without given us proper credit. Also, Banks believes when it comes to our black politics and issues we often are given the undercut, and it is swept under the rug. But recently it has been discovered that Banks partakes in bleaching her skin which is bringing her a lot of backlash. It seems to be ironic and hypocritical.PhotoGrid_1465938816245-768x768

In a time where it is important to teach our young black girls and boys to love themselves and to embrace and stand together, I personally think Banks had a platform to make a difference and now it is diluted with such a silly decision. We as black people continue to be killed on camera and receive no justice, continue to get our culture stolen and sold to the white industry. And yet, she did not practice what she has preaching, she made herself more like the people who are causing us strife.

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Banks posted a live stream video and several essays stating her argument is that bleaching her skin is no different than wearing weave or relaxing your hair, are these things weighed the same? Do you believe this body or hair modifications means we are not prideful of being black?

I believe self love and the fight for black issues correlate, because of her bleaching her skin openly is causing controversy and confusion as far as where she stands. In order for Banks to make an impact she should be aware of how her actions are a contradiction to her words. We all should take the responsibility to truly love the skin we are in because they are killing us off one-by-one, and if we don’t empower one another, who will?

Tell me how you guys feel about Banks and her decision to bleach her skin.

Afro-Textured Hair IS Good Hair

“I wish I had good hair,” is what I used to say before I fully fell in love with everything about myself, hair included.

Growing up, many Black girls like me are conditioned to believe that our hair is not good unless it’s 1) long and 2) straight. Perms/relaxers were the cure to “nappy” hair. If your hair was anything outside of the norm, it was considered unkept. Being natural wasn’t even a thing like it is today, so rocking an afro definitely wasn’t encouraged.

Now that I think about it, I am completely disgusted with myself for believing in these ideologies, which led me saying things like, “I wish I was mixed so I could have good hair” and “I’m going to marry a white man so my kids can have good hair.”

What if society fetishized afro-textured hair as much as it fetishizes mixed-raced hair? I mean, everybody always loves Becky with the good hair. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my sistas with the afros.

Mainstream media contributes to this lack of love for afro-textured hair. It’s underrepresented and isn’t considered as beautiful as softer, curlier textures. Even people I know personally have this false ideology of what good hair is supposed to look like.

It’s time that we change the idea of what it means to have “good hair.” Black women have good hair. I have good hair. Afro-textured hair IS good hair. I had to stop and question…I don’t have good hair? According to what? The media? Pop culture? Men that drool over these Instagram honeys who are biracial with long, curly hair?

Caring for your hair, loving your hair, and keeping your hair healthy is what should constitute as having good hair. As Maya Payne Smart said in her article, “This Is How You Learn to Love Your Hair, your hair should “reflect great self-awareness, self-confidence and vision. Always remember who gave you that head of hair–your parents, your ancestors, your Creator. Then care for it like the inheritance it is.”

It’s time that we forget everything we were told about Black hair, and restructure our thinking to be more inclusive to all hair types, and realizing that mix-raced hair isn’t the only type of good hair. And for that reason, I rock my afro with dignity, confidence, pride, and love.

The Difference In Virgin Hair Origins

By Taylor Winter (Beauty Blogger)

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Virgin Hair Extensions is unprocessed hair, hair that has not been chemically altered.

Many people buy virgin hair and do not know where it came from, or what the difference

is between Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Indian. If you would like to learn about the

difference of these origins and how to properly maintain your virgin locks, read more below!

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#FitandFine for Summer 2015!

By Asmaa W

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It’s the summer and everyone is scrambling to find their cheats and hacks to getting that summer body quick! I’m going to share a few tips I’ve picked up on looking good and feeling great so far this summer!

  • The Infamous Teatox

I’m sure you all have heard about the million different types of deatox teas out there. With so many different brands it’s hard to know which ones really work and are worth your time and money! BooTea is one of the pretty popular teatox brands. They offer a 14 Day TeaTox that includes a day time tea and a night time tea. They also offer a 28 Day TeaTox. The day time tea and night time tea can also be purchased separate.

I’ve actually tried BooTea so I’ll give you guys my opinion on it.

How did it taste?

The daytime tea tasted okay. It is reminiscent of any herbal or green tea. Well, the nighttime tea was a bit different. It has a very strong smell with a taste to match. It wasn’t awful but it’s not something I would drink just for the heck of it. I used brown sugar to sweeten the tea because I did not have honey but I tried my best to only add a small amount of sugar. I would recommend using raw honey because it’s all natural.

Did you notice an immediate difference in your body?

Well, I knew the tea worked the first day after using the nighttime tea. The night tea acts as a laxative. Make sure you drink it at a reasonable hour! I would recommend around 6pm or 7pm because any later than that you’ll be on the toilet all morning. The greatest benefit of BooTea was the energy boost it gave me. I was in the gym almost everyday and the tea gave me that extra energy to do it!!

Did you lose weight?
I was not drinking the tea to lose weight so I did not track my weight. I just wanted to cleanse my body.

Was it worth the price?
I paid around $30 for the 14 Day BooTea Teatox. Yes, I believe it was worth it because while doing this teatox I felt GREAT! I’ll definitely be buying more very soon.

  • Part-time Vegetarian? 

Sounds weird right? Well, after you watch this TED Talk by Graham Hill, the founder of the sustainability website TreeHugger, it should make a little more sense.

Why even bother?

Hill’s approach was more environmental but cutting out meat is a great opportunity to cut calories and increase your weight loss. Added with the proper workout regiment you may meat your goal a bit quicker than you expected. It will not be easy. I’m currently working on cutting meat out of my diet. Last week I only ate meat four days out of the week and this week I plan on cutting it back to three days a week. Give it a try!

  • Instagram Motivation

It may sound a bit silly but I follow accounts on Instagram that motivate me to hit the gym and eat better!

@AngelaSimmons

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The lovely Angela hits the gym on the regular. I love following her! She works very hard and her results show!

@BundleofBrittany

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Leader of the #FitThickArmy Ms. Brittany Renner takes working out very seriously! Just look at her body! My body might never be as banging as Brittany’s, but a girl can dream right?

@Healthyfitnessmeals

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Need some ideas for a post workout meal? Check out this page! It’s full of delicious and healthy recipes.

Okay guys I’ve shared a few of my fit tips to get summer time fine. Try them out and let me know how they work for you! Also if you have any leave comments so I can try them!

-xoxo Asmaa W. 

Do You Know Your Makeups Shelf Life?!

By Taylor Winter  (Beauty Blogger)

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When it comes to makeup, almost every women dreams of

building the most amazing collection and really invest time and

money into what goes on their face, but are you aware of

the shelf life of your makeup? I sure wasn’t, but not being aware of

how long you need to keep your makeup can be very harmful

to your skin and health in the long run. But don’t worry! We over here

at The Social Bee have you covered!

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