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Magic

Black women are truly magic! Our magic flows through every crevice of our being.  And we love spotlighting those amazing #blackgirlmagic moments. While scrolling my FB timeline, I came across a video courtesy of BBC Africa.  The video showcases, African artist, Laetitia Ky sculpting extraordinary designs in her HAIR!  I'm telling you, when I saw the first 20 seconds of the video, I saved it and began typing this post!  What CAN'T we do??  It's an ingenious idea that involves coat hangers, wire, a few hours and tons of creativity.  Why didn't I think of that?? I just love it when #blackgirlmagic is spread!  So share and let me know what magic you have that should be shared!

Serena Covers SELF Magazine & We Love It!

It's no secret that we here at I Hear That Girl! absolutely adore Serena Williams.  She embodies the beauty of black women.  Everything that defies the European Standard.  And I LOVE IT!  The Super Star Athlete, Serena covers SELF magazine and what she says about loving herself and accepting her body, is the stuff dreams are made of.  She is TRULY a deserving role model for our young girls. "I love my body, and I would never change anything about it," she says of dealing with criticism. "I'm not asking you to like my body. I'm just asking you to let me be me. Because I'm going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself." She goes on to say she hopes to be a great role model for African-American youth.  "I can't say I am the pioneer because it was Althea Gibson, it was Zina Garrison, it was Arthur Ashe, it was so many people before me. [But] I appreciate being in a position where I was chosen to be a role model," she explains. "Obviously, being black in tennis wasn't easy, even in the '90s." Make sure to check out Serena's full interview with Self, when the September issue hits newsstands August 9th!

Snatched Edges Are Not Cute! Stylist, Razor Chic Speaks Out!

On May 26th, the renowned, award-winning Atlanta hairstylist, affectionately known as Razor Chic of Atlanta (or Razor Chic), posted a jaw-dropping yet heart-wrenching video across social media, which featured a bold, young woman in her early 20's who shared her hair loss horror story. In the video, the young lady elaborated on how she lost her hair due to years of consistently wearing sew-ins, quick weaves, braids and wigs without ever giving her hair a break in-between installations. As a stylist who is all too familiar with the hair loss stories as experienced by more than half of the new client's coming into her salon, a fed-up Razor Chic took to Facebook and Instagram to address this issue head on. Since then, the video has gone viral reaching more than 5 million viewers across social media. "African American girls and women, in particular, have become addicted to hair extensions as a source of making them look good and feel good," says Jasmine Collins aka Razor Chic of Atlanta. "Many of the women we encounter at my salon claim that their beauty influencers are largely weave-wearing women commonly seen on reality-TV shows, in beauty magazines and websites, music videos as well as YouTube. As a result, nearly half of our clients are distressed women who travel from across the globe, suffering from traction alopecia after years of wearing improperly installed weaves and lace front wigs coupled with neglect for the hair underneath those extensions. The situation is so bad that I believe it has reached epidemic proportions!"  Sadly, this is a true reality for black women at even younger ages as previous generations.  In the various high schools I speak at, I've noticed more and more of the female students rocking these weave styles on a daily basis.  Proper maintenance, upkeep, and rest time is vital to keeping natural hair healthy.  Yet, many of these women are lacking this information and professional knowledge. According to Razor Chic, the placement of sew-ins, tape and glue extensions and lace front wigs are only part of the reasons for self inflicted extreme hair loss amongst females wanting to thicken, lengthen, or change up their style. Other contributing factors include: Lack of proper at-home maintenance and at-home maintenance counsel provided by the hairstylist to his/her clients Tightly braided hair under weaves Leaving extensions in over the 8-week mark Consistently wearing extensions without the recommended break of 6-8 weeks in-between installations Improper cleansing of the hair and scalp while wearing weaves, extensions and braids Improper drying Hair density to weak to handle the extra weight Improper use of glue methods General health of the hair before extensions View the viral video below:

Tracee Ellis-Ross Flawless in French Braids at White House Dinner

One of our Sister Loves, Tracee Ellis-Ross, is forever giving us life, be it as the host of Black Girls Rock, as Bo on the hit sitcom, 'Blackish', T-Murda on social media.  We love love love this woman and she recently gave us even more to gab about with her stylish look at the White House State Dinner. At this past weekend’s White House State Dinner, Tracee was breathtaking in a floor-length white gown. While she could have just opted for a curly updo, she paired it with two long loosely cornrowed braids on either side of her head that stole the night. Still obsessing over the braids I wore last night! You will be seeing them again! Thank u @YeneDamtew! #NordicVisit @VitaFede earrings Make up by me with my latest obsession @ColouredRaine #truffleraine lip A video posted by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on May 14, 2016 at 12:14pm PDT I love french braids as well, its such a simple, sexy, cool hairstyle.  My niece is a beast with it, and I have yet to try the long french braids (I always do them tucked into a goddess crown).  This will definitely be one of my summer styles.  What do you think about this style?  Are you loving it as much as we are?

Sephora Chooses Diverse Beauty Entrepreneurs for Accelerator

courtesy of AJC Even women with the drive to begin their own beauty businesses can use a boost. By 2020, Atlanta-based beauty giant Sephora aims to build an "ecosystem of support" for 50 beauty businesses founded by women. Women of color entrepreneurs will help set the tone for the social impact program, as part of the inaugural Accelerate class of eight female "fellows" hand-selected by Sephora and announced this week. The first, Naa-Sakle Akuete, founder and CEO of Eu'Genia Shea, an all natural shea based moisturizing line.           The second, Candace Mitchell, co-founded Atlanta's Myavana with Chanel Martin.             The third, Lisa Mattam, is the founder and managing principal of an organic skincare line, Sahajan. Positioning itself as the first hair-care recommendation system, Myavana performs analysis of customer hair strands at the microscopic level and then matches hair needs to hair products on the market. The company evolved from Techturized Inc., founded in June 2012 by four female engineers from Georgia Tech. Though beauty industry consumers are overwhelmingly women and girls, female-owned beauty businesses are still underrepresented, and Sephora hopes to compensate with the Accelerate program. Their requirements for this year's inaugural incubator class were businesses founded by a woman, headquartered in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, or Brazil, and sharing a passion for social good through their work, such as sourcing eco-friendly materials or donating sweat equity to charities. They also looked for "early stage" businesses not yet distributing their products widely or carried by Sephora. The fellows will receive an all-expenses paid trip to a boot camp in San Francisco in April, where they'll work on business models, market analysis, growth plans and funding strategy in preparation for a Demo Day in late August. The fellows also receive a $2,500 grant, mentoring, and possibly additional business funds.

Meet the Ladies of La’Roux: Young Beauty Mavens on the Rise

La'Roux Cosmetics is a growing beauty brand and line of sophisticated lip wear for every day, every style, every woman.La'Roux currently offers high-quality lip products; including lipgloss and lipsticks for affordable prices. Products are elegantly packaged and named after such figures as Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Nefertiti so women can feel like royalty when wearing their lippies. Dawn and Jasmine Walker are young entrepreneurs who turned a simple hobby and passion for beauty into a fast-growing company and brand, La'Roux Cosmetics. Based in Chicago and Atlanta they set out to create a brand that would encourage and empower other women to always exude beauty, elegance, and confidence. Dawn and Jasmine Walker both firmly believe that every woman is a queen, and should feel as such; thus, they emphasize royalty in the La'Roux Cosmetics brand and remind every customer to "stay lavish, regal and never tip her crown!" In 2016, they've launched their #QueenMe2016 campaign and aim to feature their customers, beauty influencers and beyond to redefine what it means to be beautiful and highlight the diversity of the word both inside and out.

Essence Delivers “Black Girl Magic” with February Covers

In ESSENCE’s first-ever “Black Girl Magic” February 2016 issue, the magazine presents three covers celebrating young women who embody the spark and shine that exists in every Black girl: activist Johnetta Elzie, Chi-Raq’s leading lady, Teyonah Parris, and black-ish co-star Yara Shahidi. Plus, ESSENCE’s “Class of 2016” showcases even more young women from the worlds of activism, fashion, the arts, sports and tech whose dynamic actions make us all shine bright, including: Zendaya, Willow Smith, Aja Naomi King, Quvenzhané Wallis, Gabby Douglas, Bree Newsome and more.  For more on the February issue of ESSENCE (which hits newsstands on Friday, January 8th), visit ESSENCE.com. “Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl…”—ABC-TV’s blackish star, Yara Shahidi, in ESSENCE. I'm loving this!  It's always great to see images that look like YOU.  Images of strong, beautiful, powerful, and positive women.  They are a reflection of the sisters I know.  Not that false perception that other mass media would have you believe about black women.  I can't wait to pick up my copy!  Check out the beautiful covers here:    

Get a Flawless Fall Face with Drugstore Make-Up in 7 steps!

Hey guys, Jay Elise here! Today’s look is simple and easy, it can be dressed up or down.  This is an everyday look for school, if you don’t want too much glam when you go out, or a night out on the town; however you’d like to style it! The products I used were: Elf Tinted Moisturizer in Mocha; L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn; Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara; Profusion FACE Palette; NYX Lipliner in Brown; Elf Lipstick in Nostalgic; and Avon Lip gloss in Sweet Maple.  All of the products listed are super affordable!  They can be found in drug stores, supermarkets, or your local beauty supply! In the collage are 9 pictures, the first 7 are steps to achieve the final look! In the last two pictures, this is what the outcome was, you may add a little extra to get your personal desired look.  I was able to create an easy and cute makeup look by following these steps! Jay Elise is a high school student, beauty addict, and purveyor of all things lovely!  

10 Fav Fall Beauty Must-Haves

Fall is here...I'm not a fan.  However, change is inevitable and I'm a proponent of acceptance of change.  With that being said, this is the time of year in which sisters the world wide, retire their summer handbags and prepare their fall bags with all the things they'd rather not leave home without.  As you guys know, I was carrying a small handbag all summer that served me well! RELATED STORY:  SUMMER FESTIVAL MUST-HAVES As I transitioned, I also noted items that had to be included in my Fall purse.  I decided to share these items with you guys, because hey... that's what I do! Without further ado, here are my 10 Fav Fall Beauty Must-Haves:  Rimmel London's Keep Calm Lip Balm-  These are fun tinted lip balms with various "Keep Calm" phrases on them.  My favorite is the "Keep Calm & Party" lip balm in Violet Rush.  It makes your lips super soft while giving a hint of color. Natty Coco's Hair & Scalp Oil- I keep my natural hair twisted 80% of the time.  I merely mist in the morning with H2O and massage this blend of Vitamin E, rosemary, soybean, coconut, shea butter, jojoba oil, cupuacu butter and sage into my twists.  Visit their website:  www.nattycoco.com. Fragrant Body Oil- I have bad allergies and most perfumes send me into a ridiculous bout of the sneezies.  Instead, I opt for a fragrant body oil that can be purchased at the neighborhood beauty supply for under $2.  My favorite is the Chanel #5 scent.  OMG! Apply with lotion and the scent will be all over and stay all day! INDEED Nanoblur- this stuff is like an instagram filter for your face.  It's supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  I don't have any of that, but I used it on top of my foundation and noticed that it made my skin look super smooth!  My photo's are tagged #nofilter, because when wearing this stuff there really is no need.  You can purchase it in my Astore for only $7 here. Rmmel London "Lift Me Up" Cucumber Melon Wonder-Lash Mascara- I'm not a fan of false lashes, I like a natural look.  This mascara gives me fuller looking lashes and the cucumber extract helps the lashes feel conditioned throughout the day. Mary Kay "Satin Hands" Hand Cream- this stuff is amazing.  If you're like me and shake hands a lot at networking events, you know that first impressions are everything!  Well, you need to have some super soft hands that people can remember.  This stuff helps you do it.  It's not greasy and a little goes a long way.  Only $10!  My Mary Kay rep is offering a special 10% off your purchase if you mention I Hear That Girl!.  Click here to get your savings! Kami Cosmetics Liquid Matte Smooch in "Devoted"-  This is a go to lipwear for me.  It's a creamy matte, full coverage longwear liquid lipstick.  And it really does last all day!  Visit www.kamicosmetics.com for more info. Trident "White" Gum- because everyone needs to have a beautiful

Fall DIY Foot Scrub

It’s that time of year again! Today is officially the first day of fall, otherwise known as pumpkin season. Celebrate today with a DIY pumpkin foot scrub from celebrity nail artist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, Skyy Hadley. “Pumpkins are more than just for carving on Halloween,” she noted. “They’re rich in vitamins and nutrients and can do wonders for your feet!” They contain “various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin, and just by adding raw sugar you have a perfect foot scrub,” she said. PUMPKIN FOOT SCRUB Ingredients: 1 can pureed pumpkin 1 cup plain yogurt ½ cup raw sugar 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 teaspoon olive oil   Directions: Mix pureed pumpkin in a bowl. Stir in a yogurt, honey, sugar and olive oil. Wash your feet in warm water, and while your feet are moist, apply the scrub using your hands in a circular motion. Massage the mask onto your feet for 10 minutes on each foot and remove with warm water and a washcloth.  

4 Simple Things To Do Right Now For Healthier Hair

As a fitness specialist most of my days are spent doing things like developing workout programs and dishing out diet advice on my website and YouTube channel. In addition to the many fitness-related questions I receive like, “What’s the best workout to lose these extra 10 pounds of post-baby weight?” I also receive many compliments and questions like, “I love your hair! How do you take care of it?” Now when it comes to my hair, first and foremost I practice a regimen based in simple, holistic principles like maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and practicing good clean livin’. And I do all these things because I know from both personal and professional experience that healthy living makes for a healthy, beautiful mane. So today, I want to share four of my favorite holistic hair care tips that many women may not know, but every woman should follow. Also, the brilliance of these four tips is that they are so incredibly easy to follow and can fit into any woman’s lifestyle – especially if you’re very active like me. Bottom line, make these tips a regular part of your hair care regimen, and I guarantee you will see a significant improvement in the health and beauty of your hair! 1. Nix the tight hairstyles. You want to avoid tight hairstyles because they are notorious for putting tension on the hair follicle and hair shaft – a big no bueno because tension is a leading factor in hair loss, and more specifically, a leading factor in traction alopecia (which is the medical term for pathological hair loss). FYI, traction alopecia is very commonly seen in Black women along their hairline and this type of hair loss is also totally avoidable when you nix tight hairstyling and choose looser hairstyles. I know some tight hairstyles may look fly for the moment, but they can and will murder your edges in the long haul. So as a general rule, if you feel any degree of pain whatsoever after getting your hair done, then your hairstyle is too tight and you need to loosen up! Plain and simple. 2. Skip the sulfate shampoo and co-wash with conditioner instead. How often you wash your hair is a personal choice, and generally I think active women are fine washing hair twice a week.  That said, no matter how often you choose to wash your hair, I recommend you avoid washing with shampoos that contain sulfates because they can strip hair of moisture, ultimately leading to dryness and breakage. So when cleansing your hair you have two choices:  1) use a sulfate-free shampoo, or 2) forgo shampoo altogether and practice co-washing, which is simply washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Personally, I’m a big fan of cowashing, and when I do fancy shampoo, I usually whip out one of my favorite sulfate-free shampoos or shampoo bars. For more detailed tips on how to select the healthiest products for your hair, check out my bestselling hair care book, If You Love It, It Will

Made Up In Your Makeup

 Make-Up should only be an Enhancement to caress The smooth glide of your 50 Shades of Melanin, but you Coverin’ The Goddess…..Queenism For the Bad Bish and OOOOH She a Ten-isms! Don’t allow it to be the deception Of your reflection Unrecognizable Recognizing The many cat calls Serial Advances Attention to detail Of Your Insecurities Unbeknown in your confident stare Behind that make-up You Made Up… T. Cook  I remember asking my mom if I could wear makeup at the ripe age of 13!  I tried everything to rationalize and give reasons to support my stance to have a really good debate with her that would ultimately go in me and my twin sister's favor!  Actually… that was in my mind because anyone who knows Tricia Ann (one of my mother’s many names) knows that this was not even a conversation!  It was more like, I got caught with some make up on and my mom shut it down before it really got started!  I was upset because I didn’t understand why I couldn’t wear it.  I mean, the girls at school were wearing it, why couldn’t we? Now, I am a mother.  Ironically, raising three beautiful girls:  Keyana (14 soon to be 15), Imari (12), and Jayden (8).  Not unlike in my mother’s household (no shade momma), the conversation of make-up has come up with my oldest child.  I actually listened to her whys and I think I did (in my way), but as positively as this conversation started there was a quick shift in the atmosphere, but let’s come back to that! Reminiscing back to a time… My mother never wore makeup except for very special occasions and I mean VERY SPECIAL.  Truthfully, the most she had ever worn was lipstick..  Garnet…. a wine color.  The same one for any and every special occasion.  My mother is a very pretty woman and her use of lipstick was only an enhancement to her beauty.  This didn’t mean much then, but this will be very important to me later……and later in this post! With my parents being divorced, my twin and I took advantage of the fact that some rules were different at my dad’s house as opposed to my mother’s house, so needless to say, I was able to wear makeup at my dad’s.  I mean, it was just a little lipstick and eyeliner.  What really could be the harm?  OOHHH, LET ME TELL YOU!!! The conversation became really uncomfortable and my eyes became big with fear. My twin sister, cousin and I were at my dad’s house for the weekend and decided to go to the mall (that was the big hang out on the weekend), and you can rest assured that we were all dolled up!  As we are walking around a group of guys walk up to us and as one would assume…they were diggin’ us (Lord, I’m showing my age)!  One of the guys took a special interest in me, grabbed my hand and led me to a little corner close by so we could talk alone.  I was blushing and smiling, smiling and blushing….cute from ear to ear.  The conversation

Black Don’t Crack! Time To Get Serious About Our Skin!

Black don't crack!  If you're a black woman, you've heard that statement time and time again.  And guess what...it's almost damn sure a fact!  Black women have the blessing of melanin and other great genes that seem to preserve the sexy, the tautness of the skin, even the glow.  Most of you can look at your moms right now and see how young these 50 and 60 year olds look!  I met a woman this past weekend at Bronner Bros. Hair Show who was my age...36; with her 19 year old daughter!  When I tell you, they looked like sisters!!  I would have never thought she was 36, maybe 22 but not more than 25.  I told her right then, I need to get all of my life together...and QUICKLY honey! As I've grown older, I've noticed that I suffer from blackheads and breakouts.  Something I never struggled with as a teen up until my 30's.   And it's not like bad breakouts, just those pesky T-Zone area breakouts sporadically through the month.  My hormones surely attribute to this issue, I suffer from hyperthyroidism, and it causes my hormones to fluctuate ridiculously.  Some months, I'm back to my old self and the skin is CRYSTAL!  Other months, I stand in the mirror wondering how did I let it get like this?   Now that I have revealed my truth, let's all get real for a second.  Most black women when asked, do NOT have a skin regimen.  Why?  Because we simply don't really have a need for it.  With little to no maintenance, a black woman's skin will still look damn good as she enters her late 40's.  However, I WANT a skin regimen.  Times have changed.  Social Media is King.  That means, people will see your pretty face time and time and time again for eternity.  We want to look our best right?   Plus, seeing celebrities like Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Beverly Johnson, Garcelle Beauvais, Janet Jackson, and more make you want to step you 35+ game up.  And it's not just celebs.  Some of my friends that are older than me, with kids, look freaking amazing!  Once again...I need to get my total life to maintain this beauty and reclaim my flawless skin.   Last night, I had to make a run to the store to purchase something for another blog post I'm working on.  While I was there, I picked up a bar of black soap.  In that instant, I decided to get serious about my skin care and it would start with a nightly facial cleanse using this bar of black soap.  We've all heard about the fantastic properties in black soap:  thinning fine lines, evening out dark spots, eczema, razor bumps and eliminating blemishes. It is also used to lightly exfoliate and give you healthier looking skin.  I know this is just one of many other steps I can take to restoring my flawless visual.  I just wanted to share with you that I took the first step.  I'm 36 years old

Design Essentials Gives Me a Moisture Makeover!

While enjoying the Essence Festival activities this year, I was invited to participate in Design Essential's "Moisture Makeover"!  As a naturalista, keeping my hair moisturized is always a main concern and issue.  I've used several products to alleviate dry issues, but had yet to find one that ended the moisture loss.  So, of course you know I was excited to have the opportunity to be pampered during my birthday weekend in New Orleans!!  All of those previous happenings equal a GREAT time for me!  To prepare, I kept my hair wrapped in a turban for the trip.  Underneath, my hair was styled in chunky twists.  Nothing fancy mind you, I did a quick co-wash after taking down my Marley Twists.  The condition of my hair was honestly a mess...I hadn't been keeping up with my regimen and I was in desperate need of a detangling session. During my session, my stylist used the Coconut & Monoi products on my hair to take down my twists and style them into a sexy sideswept updo!  I'm telling you, I felt FABULOUS after just a few strokes through my hair with the product.  I was gifted the Design Essentials Naturals product line:  Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-In in the Almond & Avocado.  I was told by the stylist that if moisture was an issue, these products will handle that at the ROOT.  When you shampoo your hair, you should be getting a healthy dose of moisture that will maintain until your next shampoo.  For me, shampoos had been falling short on delivering moisture.  Many of them professed they would give me lasting moisture, but in reality, after my hair was dry, it was left DRY and crunchy.  I had yet to find a shampoo that actually delivered on its promise.   Fast forward to yesterday.  I had been putting off dying my hair for a month.  Why?  Pure procrastination and laziness.  My hair is such a task when it comes to shampooing, conditioning, detangling, and styling.  An average session can take upwards of 3-5 hours.  And I knew that this session would be a long one seeing as I still hadn't properly detangled my hair after having it in Marley braids for 6 weeks (yes, I should be ashamed of myself)!  With the urging of my Periscope followers, I decided to go ahead and dye my hair Blazing Burgandy, using the Textures & Tones boxes that had been gathering dust in my bathroom.  I decided this was a perfect time as ever to try out the Design Essentials line as it would be imperative to have highly moisturized hair after dying it.  Well, let me just say this...YES!!!!!  The shampoo sealed it for me.  It's sulfate free, so I wasn't expecting any lather, but I was pleasantly surprised when the suds overwhelmed me.  Throughout the shampoo and conditioning phase I felt the moisturizing effects instantly.  Just before styling, I applied the leave-in conditioner to assist with detangling and let me tell ya, it made things extremely easier.

Serena Williams Dazzles In A Bejeweled Gown At Wimbledon Champions Dinner

Show-stopper. Serena Williams was a vision in blush pink at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner at the Guild Hall Sunday in London. The superstar athlete donned a gown encrusted with jewels for the lavish affair in her honor. The tennis champ defeated Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon championship Saturday, making it her sixth trophy at the All England Club and 21st Grand Slam title. She is just behind Margaret Court and Steffi Graf, who have 24 and 22 Grand Slams, respectively. On Sunday, Williams and fellow Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic danced to the Bee Gees' hit "Night Fever" to celebrate their wins, the Associated Press reported.

My Black is Beautiful Celebrates the Ways Black Women Are ‘All Together Beautiful’ at the 2015 Essence Festival

My Black is Beautiful (MBIB), a community-building program by Procter & Gamble (P&G) will celebrate their community of 2 million strong by shining a light on what makes Black women All Together Beautiful (ATB) at the 2015 Essence Festival. “As we continue our journey to inspire women and girls to change the conversation around Black beauty, we are excited to join our community to publicly recognize women who are All Together Beautiful and challenge them to share it with the world.”   Now in its eighth year at the Essence Festival, MBIB will kick off the ATB celebration with engaging experiences for attendees by connecting them to their favorite beauty and personal care products, including COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay. These experiences consist of makeovers, transformational ATBprogramming, celebrity meet-and-greets, surprise gifting, expert panels and main stage moments. On the heels of exceeding the 1 million goal of its purpose-inspired Imagine A Future program - of which 3.2 million women and girls were educated and reached over three years to believe their Black is beautiful - MBIB is continuing their journey to inspire Black women and girls with the ATB Challenge. In a world where beauty is often defined solely by the outer exterior, the ATB Challenge invites women and girls to define the standard of beauty as integrity, strength, character, spirit, and positive action, and celebrate those who reaffirm this standard daily. MBIB will encourage women to accept the challenge by (1) recording and sharing a video on their social pages that celebrates a woman who is ATBusing the hashtags #MBIB and #AllTogetherBeautiful, and (2) challenging another woman to do the same for someone else. Women can also share their ATB photo and story on myblackisbeautiful.com to be included in our ATB digital mosaic. “The My Black is Beautiful family is humbled to have inspired 3.2 million girls and young women to be their best selves through the Imagine A Future program. Essence Festival played an important role over the past three years in helping us not only achieve, but exceed our goal,” said Grace Janes, My Black is Beautiful brand manager. "As we continue our journey to inspire women and girls to change the conversation around Black beauty, we are excited to join our community to publicly recognize women who are All Together Beautiful and challenge them to share it with the world.” A key component of the MBIB Essence Festival experience is the MBIB booth. Centered around theATB theme, P&G beauty brands COVERGIRL, Pantene, Olay and Clairol Professional are offering free makeovers, consultations and expert advice on personal grooming and styling. Additionally, with celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson, P&G personal care brands, Venus, Secret, Head & Shoulders, Always and Tampax will host a “Move with Confidence” dance area and teach guests how to groove daily with confidence and joy. Guests will also be treated to swag beauty bags and a unique social photo experience, encouraging them to celebrate why they are ATB. The MBIB booth will also include a live social news station to bring the

Sisterpreneur: Victoria Skyy…More than Meets the Eye!

As a native of Tampa, Florida, Victoria Skyy is the heart and soul behind three signature brands: The Victoria Skyy Line, The Victoria Skyy Collection of Beauty Products and the Blue Bottom Sole Designer Shoe Line.  The Victoria Skyy Collection emerged not only from her love for fashion, but from her drive to inspire others. Much of Victoria's inspiration comes from her children, and she thanks them for that daily by paying it forward. Victoria created her Blue Bottom Sole Designer Shoe Line to help inspire her customers to feel good and be encouraged even when they have the blues. Victoria has always been passionate about working with the community and supporting others, including 13 years of work as a Financial Advisor. She has used both her accomplishments and personal challenges from being raised in foster care and being a single parent, as a beacon of hope and inspiration for others.   She recently took a huge leap of faith at the end of 2014 and relocated her family to New York. "I took my last bit of savings and a lot of faith; I packed up and set out to start my line. My favorite part of having my own shoe line is that I am able to see my creations come to life, I am also able to spend more time with my children, and I enjoy being able to inspire others to also follow their dreams" Victoria explains. "When I am not working on my business, I like to spend time with my family and travel. The things I love most are enjoying a peaceful life, my children, and my relationship with God". Learn more about Victoria Skyy, The Victoria Skyy Collection of Beauty Products and the Blue Bottom Sole Designer Shoe Line at www.victoriaskyy.com - also connect with her on Instagram @VictoriaSkyyCollection

Grace Jones Memoir ‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’

The above cover art and a release date for the anticipated Grace Jones memoir has been announced. Gallery Books revealed Tuesday that the publication, titled “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs,” will hit stores on Sept. 29, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In an earlier statement announcing the book, the model/actress/singer’s explained the title, “I wrote a song called Art Groupie. First line said ‘I’ll never write my memoirs’ — that was a long time ago. Since then, I thought, if I don’t do it, somebody else will.” The Jamaican-born Jones came to the U.S. as a teenager and signed to work as a model at seventeen. She modeled in Paris for Yves Saint-Lauren, roomed with Jerry Hall and had sleepovers with Jessica Lange. She returned to New York, released three disco albums, collaborated with Andy Warhol and became a Studio 54 fixture. Jones had a third career as an actress, appearing in Conan the Destroyer (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), “A View to a Kill,” Roger Moore’s last James Bond film…and, of course, as Strangé in “Boomerang.”

Go To Spring Outfit

Here's another simple go to look for spring! It seems to be a trend this spring and especially one that I'm loving! All you need is a cute tank or even a crop top and pair it with some blue jean shorts, throw on your kimono and you're good to go! Your kimono can be one solid color or it can be a springy pattern like in the picture below.         Follow me on IG: @DimpleszB. Subscribe to my Youtube channel: DimpleszB TV

Cute Trendy Spring Outfits

I was on Pinterest and I came across these cute outfits perfect for the spring! All of them are simple yet trendy. The prints and stripes seem to be the trend for this spring and summer. These are items that every girl surely has in their closet, so it should be easy to get this look! Just find some blinged out accessories and you're good to go! I love all of these fits and will most definitely be rocking them this spring! Yours Truly,                           DimpleszB Follow me on IG @DimpleszB! Subscribe to my youtube channel: DimpleszB TV      

The Inconsistent Acceptance of Black Beauty

courtesy of Huffington Post There were times in middle school that I longed for a thin pout, a delicate Cupid's bow with a graceful arc. My nose felt bulbous and unrefined when before me, my mind dangled snapshots of the perky, narrow noses that daintily perched on the faces of other girls revered for their beauty at school and in the mainstream media. Once during a bad hair day, a white girl in my class lamented that her hair looked "soo nappy." Hearing a word usually used to refer to the coarseness of black hair used to denote ugliness, I felt humiliated. Never could I have predicted that a few years and a few lip injections later, celebrities and style icons would transform the fuller lips that have been mocked and caricatured for ages, making me feel so uncomfortably conspicuous, into something so coveted. Never did I foresee that this feature would be attributed to figures who looked nothing like the women it had come to be associated with, wearing the moniker of a white woman, being dubbed "Kylie Jenner lips," marketing this evidently breakthrough look through torturous-looking suction cup devices claiming to give you the Kylie look, or makeup tutorials promising that simply coloring outside of the lines with lip liner will do the trick. The Kardashians have a penchant for posting provocative photos on social media. Most recently the youngest member of the not-so-camera shy Kardashian-Jenner empire Instagrammed a series of photos of herself looking quite unlike herself -- one of which she later deleted. The comments below the snapshots of a much darker-looking Kylie praised the images' innovativeness, gushing, "This is art!" while others immediately noted her darker complexion and berated it for its resemblance to blackface. While the otherworldly lighting, slightly iridescent skin and magenta tresses may suggest a different goal and a meagre attempt at creativity (yet highly insensitive styling), with her drastically plumper lips and much fuller derrière, it is hard not to acknowledge that Kylie Jenner is undergoing a sort of familiar transformation, and this is certainly a trend that extends far beyond the realm of Kardashian-Jenner antics. We live in a world in which black features are only beautiful on the face and body of a white woman. She can wear the cornrows and the full lips without donning the history and the stereotypes. It is artistic and fashionable for a white woman to look dark in a society that significantly lightens the skin of an already quite fair, already very fierce Beyoncé on magazine covers. In high school, white girls would diligently labor over their tans and then extend their arms out next to mine. "I'm trying to get as black as Lauren!" they'd declare. They'd claim that they wanted to get as black as me, but they certainly didn't want to be black. Black beauty isn't being acknowledged and appreciated in such instances, it is merely regarded as a costume that can be donned at the wearer's disposal. Like a toy chest of Mr.

Podz Eyewear Inc. Products Review

by DimpleszB Hello to all my Beauty Bee's!  Today I will be reviewing the products I received from Podz Eyewear.  I really enjoyed all of the items that I received. In the package were lipgloss, tanning products, bronzer/blush, and nail polishes.  My favorite two products were the lipgloss & blush.     The lip glosses are very well pigmented and super cute!             Because I have a darker skin-tone I used the bronzer/blush as a highlight which just looks beautiful!  The tanning lotions I use on my little pale legs so they can get a little golden! lol. Watch the actual review video below.   "GO GET YOU 'SUM, GIRL!" Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, DimpleszB TV!

4 Ways to Grow Your Nape Area

1. No Tension Heavy manipulation is one of the main causes for breakage. Tight braids, weaves, wigs, wreck havoc on our nape region if we aren’t careful. Avoid the unnecessary stress on your hair and give this area a break. During the cold-weather months it’s important to keep the hair up and off of harsh heavy fabrics i.e. scarves, sweaters, coats etc. that may cause dryness and tangles at the nape. Constant direct manipulation can cause unnecessary breakage, so try to avoid as much friction as possible. 2. Relax Your Nape Last This area is very fragile and should be handled with care. Wherever you apply the relaxer first tends to process the longest, and if you are not careful, it can lead to over processed hair. Over processed hair is weak leading to dryness and breakage. Apply the relaxer to the nape towards the end of the session. 3. Massage It With Oils Massaging the nape on a weekly basis will help stimulate blood to the area promoting new growth. Warm a few tablespoons of your favourite oil, dip your fingers into the oil and gently massage in circular motions for 2-5 minutes. Your scalp will thank you for the extra TLC! 4. Keep It Moisturized Moisturize this section first! It’s very important to have this delicate area hydrated. Moisture increases elasticity preventing excessive dryness. Try using a steamer for extra moisture.

4 Obsessions that are Breaking Your Hair

Layed edges I know women love the polished look of a puff or an updo with smooth edges, but constantly putting stress on the hairline can cause breakage. The hairline is naturally fine, so frequently using a boar brush with pomade, gel, or edge tamer can cause the hair to break. It is ok to not have the sleekest edges all day, everyday. A little frizz never hurt anyone. If you insist on having flat edges, then consider using your hands to smooth your hairline down, cover it with a satin scarf, and let it set overnight. Re-twisting Definition and volume is the perfect combo, which is why naturals love doing twist outs and flat-twist outs on dry hair. Many women with short or medium length hair re-twist their hair nightly to prevent tangles and matting, but once your hair gets longer, it is probably best to start pineappling. Unless you are re-twisting in four or five large sections every night, then re-twisting 20 or more sections on a daily basis is stressful on the hair. It leads to the same result as fastening your hair in a ponytail everyday in the same spot, which is breakage. The wisps of hair that you see on your bed, sink, or wherever your twists your hair is a result of over manipulation and potentially a sign for a trim. Remember, the longer your hair gets, the older your ends are. Daily detangling Some people’s hair thrives off of daily co-washing, especially with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), and quite naturally when you wash your hair, you detangle it in order to avoid matting. Daily detangling can lead to breakage. Before you think about skipping the detangling step when you run hair under the shower stream, consider this: washing your hair without detangling can lead to a major problem since the hair expands while wet and shrinks while dry. Shed hair that has not been removed will entwine with the other strands as they expand while wet and retract while dry and this can cause matting. So, unless your hair is strong enough to withstand daily detangling, your daily co-washing may be causing breakage. Frequent color touch-ups Just like a relaxer, when the color treatment is being rinsed off the scalp, the chemicals are running down the hair strands and slightly processing the length of the hair that is already processed. Color-treated hair is naturally drier than virgin hair, so over processing leads to dry, brittle hair that turns into breakage. Try to stretch your color treatments as much as possible.

5 Myths About Going Natural

Myth #1: You Need to Have a Certain “Curl Type Naturals who think they need a specific texture of curly hair to rock it natural are terribly mistaken. Whether you have tight kinks like Solange or loose, silky waves , you can find a hair care regimen that allows you to wear your hair in its natural state.   2.Many women who work in conservative environments are concerned about natural hairstyles being professional. The good news is there are several styles that look very polished such as up-dos and buns that can be created with locs or natural hair of all lengths and textures. Consult with a stylist or look at hair care blogs to get ideas of styles you’ll feel comfortable in for the boardroom Myth #3: You Have to Have A Certain Face Shape to Do the “Big Chop” While it’s understandable that you may be nervous about wearing short hair, it’s a misconception that shorter hairstyles only work for a particular face shape. . No matter what shape your face is, rock your short ’fro with a bright smile and confidence! Myth #4: You Can Only Wear Wash-N-Go’s, Puffs and Twist-Outs When You Go Natural   The possibilities are endless when it comes to styling natural hair. Again, this is a good time to consult with a stylist or browse online to see just how much versatility there is in natural hair. Myth #5: You Must Use Products X, Y, and Z When You Go Natural It’s a total myth that you have to use an exact certain set of products when you go natural. Finding products for your hair is similar to finding products for your skin. If your friend has oily skin and yours is dry, would you use the same face wash? Probably not. The same goes for your hair type. Be sure you find what works for you.  

5 Bad Hair Decisions You Don’t Want to Make for Your Natural Hair

Can you remember the last time you got a trim? Have you maybe had that protective style in too long?  These are all examples of bad hair decisions.  If you want to maintain healthy hair and reach your hair length goals, keep these bad hair decisions at a minimum:  or better yet, don't do them at all! 1. Putting Off Wash Day How long you can go without washing your hair depends on your texture, your hairstyle, and your lifestyle.  The reason to wash and condition your hair are to eliminate dirt and product buildup and to restore moisture.  When putting off your wash day, your hair can become much harder to detangle.  Don't put off your wash day for too long because your strands need to be restored! 2. Neglecting Your Trims Trims aren't meant to be full blown haircuts but when you neglect to trim your hair, that is what you'll end up having to do.  The standard amount to cut for a trim is 1/8th of an inch.  this amount is increased by the amount of damage that the hair has suffered. 3.  Wearing a Protective Style Too Long It isn't recommended to keep a protective style in for more than 6-8 weeks, but many of us go much longer. Because the hair hasn't been properly washed and detangled in so long, this can ultimately cause breakage.  It's important to moisturize continually while wearing a protective style, to take it out at the right time, and to properly remove them. 4. Rushed Detangling Detangling is a process that should be done with care.  Our curls naturally wrap themselves around each other, so separating takes time.  You don't want to rip out those hair strands! 5. Using the Wrong Tools Choose tools that don't snap or snag on your strands, and that make detangling more effective, not harder.  Don't use any hair tools that are too tight, like certain ponytail holders or those stretchy headbands we love to wrap around for a sleek puff!

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