Makeup is Genderless

For how long has makeup been marketed solely to women? Just because a product has pink packaging, is sold near handbags, and being used by female models does not mean it is only meant for women. And times are changing. Men, transgenders, and those who are gender-neutral are making their voices heard in the beauty world.

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How I Became An Art Curator For Transfiguration And What I Learned

As a first time curator, I had no clue where to start, but I knew I wanted the art show to be meaningful and representative of the fight I had undertaken as the founder at Openletr, shedding light onto women, creating equal representation, inclusion and diversity. So, I started looking for inspiration within my own space, and stumbled upon a poem I had shared on December 24th 2015.

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What’s New in Drugstore Beauty?

Drugstore brands have just as much money as high-end brands and quite often the actual products are just as good. So let’s take a minute to focus on some new and standout products from the drugstore. These are not just new shades of blush, but products we don’t often see at drugstore prices.

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Essential Oils & Beauty : What You Need To Know

Natural beauty is on the rise. The brands we love and the products we buy all contain natural essence, organic this, and plant-derived that. There is a reason we adore them so much; they work. Essential oils have been used in beauty routines and rituals for centuries. So, here are some tips on essential oils and DIYs for your skin type.

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Nancy Pelosi Nominated as Speaker of the House Democrats and More Feminist News

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was nominated on Wednesday as Speaker of the House Democrats. This was not a surprise, as she outlined the platform that Democrats used to win this year’s pink wave election. Rep. Pelosi is a second-time Speaker, and this will “most likely be the final act of the 78-year-old legislator’s long career as the most powerful woman in the history of American politics.” More feminist news spanning from India #MeToo to Tunisia’s Gender Equality bill.

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How I am Emotionally Dealing with My Short Nappy Hair

A few months ago, I spontaneously chopped my relaxed hair off, but prior the chop, I kept wishing I had enough guts to own my African roots. And I have to admit the emotional courage it takes to be vulnerable. For the first time, I realized how much pressure black women undergo in their quests to create equal representation even when the choice promotes a healthy lifestyle.

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Rare Beauty Finds

Finding hidden gems in the beauty world can be nearly impossible. Everyone is screaming from the rooftops about brands like Urban Decay and Tarte, but what about the products that are not getting the praise they deserve? Discover the undiscoverable, the diamond in the rough, the latte in a world of instant coffee.

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Skincare and Beauty Products for Fall

For real summer is officially over. What does that mean for your beauty routine? Your skin will most likely start to parch, and that increase in dryness is localized on your cheeks, lips, under eyes, back, and legs. So, other than amping up your moisturizer game, here is how you can make your skincare and beauty routines work this fall.

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The Beauty Brands That Dreams Are Made Of

As much as budget buying in the beauty world is easy and convenient, there is nothing like splurging on luxury beauty products. Whether it be skincare, makeup or hair care, when you invest in yourself the feeling is indescribable. So here are just some of the luxury brands that not only make you look amazing, but make you feel extra fabulous.

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Rebecca Lucas Talks Hair Color, Beauty Boxes, and Self-esteem Issues

Rebecca Lucas is a mom, YouTube reviewer and an overall fire, with a YouTube channel loaded with everything you could ever want to know about subscription boxes. Like most of us, Rebecca is not a makeup artist, but is all about the joy of makeup, and dives into it like a child with finger paints and a bare canvas. She does what she wants, she uses what she likes, and is unapologetically real.

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A Conversation with Author LG Powell on her Memoir "Resilience: We Don't Stop"

LG Powell was born and raised into everything, but sunshine. After surviving an abduction and child abuse as a toddler, she came of age in the Bronx during the turbulent 70's, witnessing the creation of street gangs and Hip Hop, and the rise of crack cocaine and HIV. With the many incidents of sexual violence and domestic abuse, she devised a plan: just to survive.

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What is Franken Makeup?

Have you heard of franken-makeup? Maybe not. After all, it is a relatively new idea and is not exactly a running success. No, it isn’t making your makeup look like Frankenstein or anything like that. It also isn’t the next cat eye or liquid lip craze. It was first introduced to the online beauty community about a year ago by one of the most unique creators there is Safiya Nygaard.

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Cruelty-Free Makeup Under $5, Who Knew?

Whether you are looking to revamp your beauty collection, go entirely cruelty-free on a budget, or just want to delve into the world of affordable beauty, these are some cruelty-free brands selling phenomenal makeup for mostly under $5. Many of them even have a large number of vegan products available, and rarely cost more than $10.

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Is The Solution for Feminism and the End of Sexual Violence a Legal or Social Undertaking?

“If, for some, feminism is about legal redress and due process, for others, it requires an extrajudicial set of interventions given the repeated limits and failures of the law to bring gender justice. For some others, it is ultimately the voices of middle class and metropolitan women, journalists, actors, and other professionals that constitute the ‘me’ in India’s #MeToo” writes Srila Roy.

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Beauty Glossary: Common and Confusing Words

“What do you mean?” is probably a question you ask a lot if you read about beauty, but are less than familiar with beauty jargon. Beauty, like most everything else in life, is all about learning. There is an endless world of techniques, looks, styles and ideas to know, play with, and master. So here are some of the most common and confusing beauty slang words and their definitions.

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