By: Nicol Maciejewska
Like most of us globetrotters this summer I’m traveling by plane to get to my destination. As some of you may know the air on an airplane can be incredibly drying for your skin. There’s a couple things I do to prevent my skin from drying out on these long trips.
Every time I travel I start the trip makeup free, but I will bring a small makeup bag and fill it with the essentials to freshen up my face just before arriving to my destination. I slather my face with rose hip oil, which will keep my skin hydrated and in the long run reduce any acne scars. For the plane ride I'll bring a combination of products, either face washes, cleansing wipes, sheet masks, lip balms, oils and creams depending what I'm in the mood for that specific trip.
Some of the products I brought on my Euro trip this time around include:
-Vichy clay mask
-Hydrain 3 eye cream
- Fructose Garnier moisture bomb sheet mask
By: Nicol Maciejewska
Did you know that Coco Chanel was the first designer to incorporate scent in her clothing line, this brilliant idea has been copied by many designers to this day. I remember the day my obsession with Chanel perfumes began; it was in middle school during gym class. Us girls were changing in the locker room and an acquaintance ran up to me and tossed me a tiny sample of Chance by Chanel. Ever since that day I longed for Chanel perfume, to me Chanel is all about elegance. I just imagine the most well put together women spraying her favorite scent from Chanel on her wrists before her way out the door and I wanted to be as luxurious as them. So every once in a while I would walk up to the Macy's perfume counter and try on all the scents Chanel had to offer, but I just couldn't find the one. Don't get me wrong all their scents are incredible, but they just weren't for me. Then in September I started seeing Gabrielle Chanel perfume advertisements plastered all over New York and I instantly knew that Gabrielle was the one for me. I walked into Macy's and sprayed the scent on to my wrist and breathed in notes of jasmine, ylang ylang, orange blossom, and grasse tuberose. I picked up the bottle and looked straight at the saleswomen and without hesitation I blurted out "One large bottle, please." Since that point on Gabrielle by Chanel has been my signature scent.
Even though many of us have a signature scent, we also need a back up that is just as good. For me that's Si by Giorgio Armani, which is a nice change from Gabrielle's floral notes. Si includes middle notes of cassis, nectar, rose de mai, and freesia, but it's base notes are a lot more spicy. Si's base notes include chypre accord, musky wood, orcanox, and vanilla patchouli. This is a scent I definitely gravitate towards when I'm feeling adventurous, there's nothing like a fragrance boost for a big day. So next time you go to a concert with backstage passes, you're laying on a beach in Europe, or you're doing something you've never done before spray on Si and see where the night takes you.
The average woman uses about 12 different skin care products on her face a day. Now, multiply that by 3.52 billion (as of 2014) and you’ll see that there is a lot of plastic not being recycled. Throwing even the most simple skin care/cosmetic product in the trash contributes to the chemical contamination of our fresh water and ocean water. So, it’s really important that we start becoming more aware of our post-consumer use with all products.
I found this article the other day that talked about why our skin doesn’t always have the best reaction to the products that are supposed to “help” us. It said that sometimes using a new product or a mix of products can cause skin to have a negative reaction, no matter how well the products are formulated. However, some skin care products are formulated poorly with harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients that can cause a negative reaction. Read more of the article HERE.
The reason I decided to make my own skin care products is because I have heard many stories about women getting skin cancer due to all the chemicals put on one’s face. It’s sad that these situations are not highlighted in the news or social media because cosmetic/skin care companies want us to keep buying their products to make a profit. Also, making your own skin care products allows you to reuse the same container. Now you won’t feel guilty going out to buy new products every month!
Alright, now that I have shared that information, let’s move on to making our own products! You will absolutely love how simple and fast it is to create your own face cleanser and scrub!
Here are the things you will need to make your face cleanser:
1. A bowl to mix the ingredients
2. Tablespoon/Teaspoon measuring cups
3. Small containers to store the finished products in
Ingredients you will need:
1. Organic Coconut Oil: 3 Tbsp
2. Raw Honey: 1 Tsp
3. Baking Soda: 1 Tsp
The great thing about these ingredients is that there are so few, so you really know what you are putting on your face and it’s all natural!! This mix of ingredients helps easily remove makeup at the end of the day and leaves your face feeling very moisturized and smooth.
1. First, remove the lid of your coconut oil container. You may want to place your container in the microwave for about 15 seconds so it’s easier to scoop out the coconut oil. Now, mix the coconut oil in the bowl until it is smooth, not liquid.
2. Next, pour your raw honey into the bowl and stir.
3. Add the baking soda and stir until everything is smooth.
4. Scoop everything into your container and you are ready to go!
Now, let’s move on to the face scrub! You will need the same items to help mix and measure your ingredients as above.
1. Granulated Sugar: 1 Tsp
2. 1-2 drops of water
3. 1-2 drops of lemon, orange, lavender or another essential oil (optional)
1. Pour your sugar into the bowl
2. Add drops of water and stir just a little
3. Add drops of lemon and stir everything until rough
4. Scoop everything into another small container
One of the beauty’s of black hair is that it is versatile and we can do wonders with it. Our hair is the only one that can be tightly or loosely braided, has enough shrinkage to look short if we wanted it and once washed and straightened can be as long as we wanted it to be and doesn’t have to be washed every day. I’m sure in some black girls' lifetime, there’s always been some kind of internal bias towards natural “kinky as hell” hair. Girls with perfect straight long shiny hair have always been portrayed as “beautiful”, most with Eurocentric beauty features and thus it has been ingrained in our heads that this is the ideal female, this is how we all strive to be. For years, I wanted my hair to magically become the beauty standard. I hated my curls: the way they shrunk whenever I washed it, how it would get tangled so easily, and how no matter how much I straightened or relaxed, it would always reverse to its natural curly state. I tried extensions, then a weave and after 17 years of hating my hair and constantly trying to change it- I decided to embrace it. And it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Natural black hair is a blessing, but with every blessing comes work. I’ve been on the natural hair journey for two years now and it’s been a learning process. I may not be a total expert on it but I do know enough to get anyone who is thinking of going natural to at least take that bold and daring step to do so.
For starters, there are 3 hair types for women with kinky hair:
KNOW YOUR HAIR TYPE!
This is a really important part of taking care of natural hair that I recently learned. By learning your hair type you can find products that work best for your hair and produce the best results. For example, my type is 4C, the kinkiest, tightest thickest curls that I fully embrace and love.
Kinky hair is the driest of all hair types so that means extra moisturization. I started off with the Curls Unleashed: Shea Butter and Honey Curl Defining Creme by ORS however, I found this made my hair really heavy and full of dandruff. So by doing some research, I found one that works perfectly with my hair type. Cantu shea butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream works REALLY well for 4C type hair it leave the hair nice and moist but not greasy and heavy. I also noticed much less dandruff after using this a few times. This is also great for styling; after washing my hair, I usually put the cream in right away as I twist my hair. I leave it in overnight to a day then when I undo the twists, my hair is extra curly and super moisturized. This prompted me to try more of Cantu’s products, including their shampoo, Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo. This is also a great option for those with kinky hair as it is free of harsh chemicals such as sulfates that could make the hair coarse and tangled. The best thing to use in natural hair is, of course, natural products. Which is why I also enjoy using LUSH’s shampoo Curly Wurly . It’s meant for all curly to kinky hair types which fall between 3A-4C. LUSH is known for natural ingredients in their products and this one is no different. The staple of this shampoo is the fresh coconut shavings (that get stuck in your hair after you wash it but that just proves how natural it is), that leaves the hair feeling fresh, soft, smooth and clean. Although it is kind of pricey especially to Cantu’s more affordable products, LUSH does give out free samples of their products (all you have to do is ask!) and one small jar of this stuff could last you up to a month.
As for conditioners, the one I use right now is Tresemme's Rich Moisture Conditioner and it’s pretty decent. It is not the best one to use for natural hair however.
As you can see one of the key ingredients to a natural hair care regimen is shea butter. This natural gem from Africa is rich in vitamins, offers UV protection and for years has been used to improve skin and hair. Make sure one of the ingredients in whatever you use is shea butter because it does wonders to natural hair.
Lastly, here are a few aftercare tips for when you aren’t washing your natural hair, and basically for general upkeep:
As a final note, this isn’t to demean those who decide to wear weave-ins or extensions or straighten their hair but it is to encourage you to love your hair in its most natural form; that if you ever wanted to take out the weave and show off your curls you can!! If you wanted to give your hair a break from all the heat, go for it! Not only does it let your hair breathe but it is healthier and still stimulates growth. With that said, hair doesn’t need to be straight and thin to be beautiful You can love your hair no matter what type it is and with some TLC, you'll be in love with it, and happy you made the choice to embrace your hair in it’s true form.
Three of us gals came together to give you our most kiss worthy lip products! From our Editor in Chief Nicol, Managing Editor Alexa, and our newest writer Jane Lai to your lips, happy International Kissing Day to even our single hot mamas!
I've been apart of the Glossier cult since day one. I can recall the first product I bought from them, the Boy Brow. Since the first time I combed the Boy Brow brush through my brows I was hooked and I needed more. Recently, Glossier released two new products that I finally got my hands on.
Cloud Paint: I purchased Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, which is the perfect peachy pink shade. Not only is this product easy to apply, but it looks like you've spent the day in the sun. The cream formula work well with your skin and it'll look like you're radiating from within.
Birthday Balm Dotcom: I recently ran out of my favorite lipgloss, which was Smith's Rosebud Salve. I've been searching for a replacement and I couldn't resit who I saw Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom advertisements. They featured the best thing in the world, birthday cake. This balm has a velvety texture with dash of sparkle and the best part is that it tastes just like cake. Plus, the packaging is the cutest thing ever!
I 100% recommend Glossier products if you're into the no makeup look, since they're brand is all about accentuating your natural beauty. Plus, they're cruelty free.
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At this point, it should be no secret that your toothpaste and facial scrub have plastic in them. But what do the plastics do? And which products have them? To start, there are two main plastic types in your products such as, microbeads and microplastics. Microbeads were invented in the 1970s, introduced and advertised as a revolutionary exfoliator soon after. Since then, a myriad of companies have incorporated microbeads into their merchandise. In reality, these tiny rounds of polyethylene plastics don’t even do the job they are supposed to do and are sent to the ocean and lake waters through your drains. Why should you care? Marine animals wrongly think they are eating plankton and then humans end up consuming the plastic in their food. Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Crest, and Neutrogena products have one or both plastic types!
If you have lost all hope here is something to think about; the previous president Barack Obama signed off the Microbeads-Free Water Act of 2015, which bans the manufacturing of products with plastics beginning July 1, 2017. Key word the manufacturing, these products will still be on the shelves at your local drugstores! When purchasing your health and beauty products, you can use this list of 67 microplastics handy and look for jojoba beads (which are a natural and nonplastic exfoliator) in scrubs. In order to ensure that you are avoiding plastics, you can DIY your facial scrubs with using ingredients such as almond powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder, or oats.
Ways to rid yourself of your current plastic fueled products:
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By: Nicol Maciejewska
I remember the first time I tried this look out; it was Halloween night two years ago. My hair was cut short and I had just recently bought a pair of white gogo boots. That Halloween I was going to be Twiggy. I loved everything about Twiggy, especially the makeup.
Recently, a cut crease eye look has become all the rage . At the Chanel Fall 2017 ready-to-wear show the models had a black line painted right above their crease and loads of lower lashes. According to Vogue, "Tom Pecheux delivered a 2017 twist to the iconic look of 1960's beauty." Tom Pecheux, makeup artist, inspiration for this retro look derived from Barbarella.
Twiggy was not the only celebrity that was known for this look, you can find photos of Jane Fonda and Jane Birkin sporting a 60's eye look. This look is perfect for all you girls with big eyes and it's very easy to achieve.
By: Alexandria Haris
Tattoo artist, makeup queen, and entrepreneur Kat Von D recently released a collection of 6 mini lipsticks after 2 years of developing these unique jewels. By simply looking at the lipsticks you realize that these are the first of Kat Von D lipsticks where the cases match the lipstick color. The colors come 3 shades of purple and another set of 3 pinks. Zero is a pale gray lavender, Ozzy, my personal favorite, is a light and flirty color and Roxy, a true darker purple. The pinks also come in an array of shades! With Crush, a lovely fuschia, Babe, a true bubblegum pink, and Ziggy, a neon pack of color. What more could you ask for? And good news for vegan beauty fans and gurus like myself, these babies are vegan and cruelty-free! In fact, Kat Von D is rumored to be reformulating all of her products, but do not worry, her infamous quality will not be impacted.
Wondering where you can purchase this limited edition set? You can head over to Sephora and Kat Von D’s online stores.
There are so many ways you can rock these lipsticks for the spring. YouTuber GlitterBubbleGum shows off how you can rock these lip colors, to see her 12 looks check out her video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihzfH0_RMtI
By: Nicol Maciejewska