My Favorite Natural Skincare and Wellness Products

After using some skincare products for a few months , you decide it wasn’t worth the coins.

The results are just “blah.”

In fact, you notice better results with a $7 coconut oil and a $2 box of baking soda you bought at the drugstore.

But how were you supposed to know that before buying the product?!

The department store brands is high-end and reputable, after all ( or so you think).

If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars trying and testing different formulas (shit aint cheap.

So below im sharing my secrets to great natural and glowing skin.

I HAD an awful breakout from milk. See how i got my glow back and blackhead FREE

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Black Women Are The True Pioneers Of Acrylic Nails 

Think back to the moment when you got your first manicure or the time your mother gave you the okay to get acrylic nails. How did it make you feel? Powerful? Feminine? Grown up?

For most young Black women, getting our nails done is the ultimate act of self-love and care. And with the success of TV shows like Claws and Boss Nails, acrylic nails are having a beauty resurgence.

The modern acrylics we see today on influential stars, like Rihanna, Zendaya and Keke Palmer, are less than 70 years old. But it’s well-documented that Black women have been wearing artificial nails for decades — long before acrylics became mainstream.

Actually, you can thank a dentist named Frederick Slack Jr. for the invention of acrylics. In the 1950s, he broke his nail and used different chemicals and dental acrylics to create an artificial-looking nail to go over his old one. Of course, the trend trickled down to the African-American community and was very prominent in Hip-Hop culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

1966

Donyale Luna was the first Black model to appear on the cover of Vogue, and she sported acrylic nails in Twen Magazine in 1966.

1970s

Legendary singer and actress Diana Ross paired her signature red lip with red artificial nails. She soon swaped the long, round shapes she wore in the ‘70s for more of a square shape in the ‘80s. 

1979

Singer-songwriter Millie Jackson wore red talon-esque nails on the cover of her album A Moment’s Pleasure.

1980s

Olympic track star Florence Griffith-Joyner’s claws were often the topic of discussion, even more so than her athleticism. Having worked as a nail tech, Flo-Jo brought her skills to the track, wearing four-to-six inch acrylic nails.

1990s

Although many R&B stars wore long acrylic nails in the ‘90s, it was girl group SWV who was most known for it, especially lead singer Coko. As a young child, growing up in a religious home, Coko rebelliously began growing her nails long. By the time SWV hit the music scene, her curved nails often commanded more attention than her incredible voice.

1998

Janet Jackson embraced pierced acrylic nails in the ‘98 video for Busta Rhymes’ sensuous song, What’s It Gonna Be

Today, there are more than six different nail shapes, including almond, square, coffin, oval and, the increasingly popular, stiletto. Not to mention, today, nail art enthusiasts can glam their digits up with jewelry, rhinestones and different painting techniques.

This Article Was Originally Featured on Essence.com

Teyana Taylor Announced Plans To Open A 90’s Themed….

Teyana Taylor excitedly announced her plans to open, Junie Bee Nails, a 90’s themed nail salon in Harlem.

The actress, singer, dancer and businesswoman gushed on Instagram as she wrote:

Hmmmm…🤔💭 I’m thinking of a master plan…💡 A 90’s Themed Nail salon in Harlem! The vision has finally come to life and it’s ready! 🗣So come one, come all! Junie Bee Nails is granting a dope opportunity to the flyest nail techs, from around the way. No matter what shape, size, color, or gender it’s all good with us! I want to continue to create great opportunities for my community and our talented youth!! Let’s change the game, The vision is crazy! I’m talking everything from Dapper Dan style Uni’s, to Door Knockers, Bamboo earrings, baby hairs, Airbrushed nails, 54’11’s and all that other fly shit! The true essence of that 90’s Flavor. So if you wanna get on board DM your work, and resume to @juniebeenails 💅🏻💅🏼💅🏽💅🏾💅🏿 this is so exciting!! Also been a long time coming! S/o to my partner @cocamichelle we’ve put in so much work make this happen! Issa bout to be ah lituation THIS FEB!!! 😩😩🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #JunieBeeNails #OPI

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Kendrick Lamar And SZA Release Video For ‘BLACK PANTHER’ Anthem

Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” marks the first video from Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack, and it’s all that!

The visual was directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies — the same minds responsible for all of Kendrick’s Damn visuals.

I really don’t have a lot to say other than this is a must-watch

Living Legend Cicely Tyson Gets Her Dance on with Maxwell

Cicely Tyson was honored at the school that’s named in her honor, The Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts, during the National CARES Mentoring Movement’s third annual For The Love Of Our Children Gala.

An iconic black singer and a legendary black woman enjoy their Blackness in a crowd of black, Black- loving people who are demonstrating black joy by singing kinda on-key. 😂😂 • This video is EVERTHING!

Ms. Tyson recently openee up with Page Six about how her career kicked off when she was first discovered at a hair show.

Tyson made a career out of modeling, and then her acting career  began the same way her modeling career did.

“There was a woman in the office, and she asked about me after I left . . . she said [I was] the exact ingénue they were looking for, for this movie.”

“I was just tapped on the shoulder, and someone said, ‘You look like you can be a model.’ I did not know what that was, so I said, ‘How do you do that?’ . . . They explained to me that they have schools that you can go to study.”