Beauty

is how you feel

inside , and it

reflects in your eyes

it is not something physical.

-Sophia Loren

Self-Love is the Best Love!

Ladaysha Wiggins

Words of the great rapper J. Cole “Love yourself girl, or nobody will!” Often, we as human

beings pour so much of ourselves into others, or we give those we claim to love the most time

and energy. Then when things go wrong we are left feeling empty or feeling that no one cares

and loves us. I am a strong believer in loving myself first before loving someone else. How can

you love another person whole- heartedly without loving what is staring back at you in the

mirror?

I literally had to learn how to love myself. I had to learn to love everything that God blessed me

with. I began to work on my insides first but simply identifying what are my insecurities. Once I

figured what I disliked the most about myself, I would then tell myself I love it. For instance, I

am self-conscious about my skin because my face breakouts out badly periodically. When your face

has a break out instead of being sad and thinking I do not look pretty. I touch my face and say

to myself “I love you, and you are still beautiful.” This may sound crazy but it helps me feel

good about myself.

I encourage you as the reader to start your day off by going to the mirror completely naked.

Yes, I did say naked! Look at your body. Now tell yourself you are beautiful. Say it “I am

beautiful.” Now go get ready for your day, yet as you travel through the day speak no evil. Do

not say anything negative to yourself about yourself. One day I witnessed a friend of mine call

herself stupid multiple times because she did something she felt was not smart. You may think

that’s not a big deal but what you say to yourself repeatedly, you will begin to believe it. So

instead I say “I’m so smart,” or “I can!” Also, can’t should never be in your vocabulary. You can

do all things that you put your mind to.

Believe it or not, what we say to ourselves affects us. That’s why it is so imperative to speak

positivity upon ourselves and one another. The energy we put out is what we will receive,

which is laws of attraction.

Self-love is not something that can be worked on in one day. It is a task that should be practiced

every day you wake up. The more you identify your weakness begin to work on it so it can be

your strength which in return will help you become more confident. I have faith that you my

reader will be empowered to start this self-love journey as soon as possible.

Top 3 Matte Lipsticks

Ladaysha Wiggins

M.A.C Matted Lipstick
M.A.C Matted Lipstick

A lipstick collection that comes in hundreds of different hues as stated on its website. M.A.C lipsticks are what made the cosmetic line famous. It was formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. I suggest these lipsticks for a high-fashion look as well as everyday natural makeup looks. They cost $16.99, these are the type of lipsticks to pick up on a pay day!

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NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Lipstick
NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Lipstick

Come in 34 different colors, they are $6.99 which is great for those balling on a budget in the drug store. These lipsticks can be found with in beauty supplies stores, as well as local drug stores. Very affordable which is the best part about these matte perfections. They are great for a complete coverage of the natural lip line. Application is very easy just remove the top and apply as much as needed.

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Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain

Is a long-lasting collection with over 40 different colors that can be applied for a smooth matted look. They are $14 a piece all hues are for every season. A variety of lipsticks for all skin complexions.

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M.A.C Matted Lipstick
M.A.C Matted Lipstick

A lipstick collection that comes in hundreds of different hues as stated on its website. M.A.C lipsticks are what made the cosmetic line famous. It was formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. I suggest these lipsticks for a high-fashion look as well as everyday natural makeup looks. They cost $16.99, these are the type of lipsticks to pick up on a pay day!

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Healthy Skin is a MAJOR KEY!!!

Ladaysha Wiggins

Taking care of your skin is all a part of a healthy lifestyle. Properly cleansing the skin can help for the betterment of your skin. A daily routine for facial cleansing will guarantee radiant skin. Below are 2 face products I have personally used from different face collections, which both can help one attain clearer and smooth looking skin.

Shea Moisture
Shea Moisture

If you are one to love trio face treatments daily, SheaMoisture’s Africa Black Soap Facial Care Trio is a 3-step process that can be use morning and nights. The trio includes a facial wash scrub, moisturizer, and mask. It is extremely cheap only $25 for all 3 products. The most important thing is the ingredients, which is filled with natural African black soap, tamarind extract, and tea tree oil.

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Ambi
Ambi

Even & Clear Exfoliating Wash is a facial cleanser that has Vitamin C and E. It helps prevents breakouts, while toning the skin. Helping to clear the skin of pimples if used daily. Rejuvenation is the result while using this product, leaving the skin evenly toned and radiant. The price is very affordable starting at $3.85.

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Shea Moisture
Shea Moisture

If you are one to love trio face treatments daily, SheaMoisture’s Africa Black Soap Facial Care Trio is a 3-step process that can be use morning and nights. The trio includes a facial wash scrub, moisturizer, and mask. It is extremely cheap only $25 for all 3 products. The most important thing is the ingredients, which is filled with natural African black soap, tamarind extract, and tea tree oil.

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MUST HAVE PRODUCTS

Tamara Waobikeze

There are lots of products we ladies want in the world, from clothes to makeup to shoes, etc. We always want what we can't have, but today it changes. I am going to tell you 5 different products that you MUST have. They might be a little costly, but they are MUST HAVES in the beauty industry. So don't trip. I'm here for you!

Baby Lips by Maybelline
Baby Lips by Maybelline

Baby lips is a moisturizing lip balm that works really well. They make your lips both soft and smooth. Maybelline first introduced the line in 2011 and have made a substantial amount of profit from it. This product is sold everywhere from Walmart to Target to Walgreens, you name it!

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Avon Products
Avon Products

Avon has been around for a long time and it still is one of the top makeup companies. Avon not only sells makeup but a variety of things. They sell lotion, body sprays, and even clothing items.

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Baby Lips by Maybelline
Baby Lips by Maybelline

Baby lips is a moisturizing lip balm that works really well. They make your lips both soft and smooth. Maybelline first introduced the line in 2011 and have made a substantial amount of profit from it. This product is sold everywhere from Walmart to Target to Walgreens, you name it!

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Alexis Scott
 Jackson State University

 "Wearing makeup is always fun. You get to switch up look often, but don't forget to take care of your skin as well. Clean, wash, mask and/or exfoliate, then moisturize!"

Ig: @littlelexilove

BEAUTY DUPES

Kylie Cosmetics vs. Colourpop

Both companies have great products, but when

it comes to price, Coulourpop’s $6 liquid lipsticks vs. Kylie’s for $18 are hard to compare. Both products are made in the same factory so they’re virtually the same, justdifferent price points.

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White Nail Season

Spring time is the perfect season to pop out with white nails and toes! What lady doesn’t love going to the nail salon and having a fresh white paint job? Now, it might not be the smartest idea to paint your nails white if you love to beat your face being that the residue from the makeup will stain the polish. However, white toes are definitely ALWAYS a go!White toes set the mood for the spring for me. Honestly, I feel like white toe season is year round! White polish makes your skin glow differently and look super smooth. Fresh long white nails will have you looking and feeling like a boss for sure, especially when the nail shape is sharp and straight. How does white nail polish you make you feel?

MUST HAVE PRODUCTS

Tamara Waobikeze

There are lots of products we ladies want in the world, from clothes to makeup to shoes, etc. We always want what we can't have, but today it changes. I am going to tell you 5 different products that you MUST have. They might be a little costly, but they are MUST HAVES in the beauty industry. So don't trip. I'm here for you!

Concealer
Concealer

Concealers are a major part of makeup. It conceals your dark circles, blemishes, and redness on a regular basis. It is a major thing in masking your minor imperfections. It helps your makeup look better and it is a great thing to put on. Depending on what concealer you want it's not even that expensive. I suggest you go for the LA Girl Pro Concealer that runs at only $5 and offers over 28 different shades.

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Lipstick
Lipstick

Lipstick is a major part of putting on makeup. It makes your lips shine and helps you go out with a bang. You do not have to have every color in the world, but a few different colors would be great. Lipsticks, like concealers are not that expensive at all. Try visiting your local drug store or beauty supply store for less expensive options.

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Facial Wipes
Facial Wipes

This is really a MUST HAVE. If you don’t feel like taking all your makeup off with your wash, just grab a wipe and clean your face. Sleeping with makeup on is really bad for your pores and your skin period. So with this its easy to remove your makeup, quickly and without a struggle. Best part? Totally inexpensive.

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Concealer
Concealer

Concealers are a major part of makeup. It conceals your dark circles, blemishes, and redness on a regular basis. It is a major thing in masking your minor imperfections. It helps your makeup look better and it is a great thing to put on. Depending on what concealer you want it's not even that expensive. I suggest you go for the LA Girl Pro Concealer that runs at only $5 and offers over 28 different shades.

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Women of African descent are going against the odds paving a way for women of color to be unstoppable and successful within the modeling industry. One model that has apologetically gone against adversities and has been successful at modeling is Maria Borges. Borges is a 24-year-old Angolan native. The 5’11 goddess broke all the rules by being one of the first black woman to walk Victoria’s Secrets 2015 fashion show with a natural coiled Afro.

Borges is now one of the newest faces of L'Oreal.  She definitely raised diversity in beauty standards. “This means the world to me,” Borges said in a press release from the L'Oreal . “I believe in the beauty of diversity and the empowering message that a girl who started from the bottom can become an international beauty symbol. And be living proof that our dreams are valid and the future ahead of us is bright. Thank you L'Oreal Paris, we’re all worth it.”

Borges also modeled for many different major designers and companies such as: Chanel, Balm in, Givenchy, & Target. Borges continues to be an impeccable model showcasing her natural beauty.

LITTLE Did You Know!

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It's a Lash Thang 

Lashes are in at all times! Even if you’re going for a natural look, lashes now-a-days make a look, “a look”. If you’re trying to skip the hassle of putting on eyelash strips and just want to transform your natural lashes into dramatic extensions, here is a list of the top three best mascaras. “Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara” takes the cake for number one. This mascara goes for $23.00 and can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, and even sometimes Macy’s if they have a Too Faced” makeup section. The name definitely speaks for itself; indeed it is better than sex! A lot of women probably have dibbled and dabbled into the Benefit cosmetics line, but save your money “They’re real!” mascara, does not make them look as real as Too Faced!

Here is a comparison above.

If you’re on a budget, and looking for an affordable mascara, Maybelline Colossal Big Shot is your go-to. The mascara runs for $7.99 and can be purchased at almost any drugstore, including Target and Walmart.

Last but of course not least, Smashbox: X Rated.  This mascara is bomb! It runs for $24.00 and you can purchase at Sephora, Ulta, or Macy’s

- BREONNA T.

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