charm school
We were told less is more and to avoid bright or loud blushes, eyeshadows, or lipsticks that might make us look "impure."
long hair
I’m pretty sick of people assuming I’m straight, a woman, and/or generally interested in pleasing men based on my hair.
Summer is coming, and while most people are telling you to ditch the dark colors and heavy stuff, I’m going to teach you to do heavy, dramatic, goth meets drag queen makeup that will last forever.
I spend a ton of time outside. Couple that with the fact that I'm nearing 30, and well, I've become a bit of a wrinkle-a-phobe.
the style con
The result of #DEFINEBEAUTY was more old guard than avant garde.
After enduring over a year of incessant yammering, I fired my hairstylist for talking.

May 15, 2014 at 11:00am | 109 comments

With no make up, and a thin layer of sweaty sheen, my scarred skin seemed to glow obnoxiously, made all the more noticeable by my hair pulled back tight off my face. But my skin never prevented me from becoming a dynamic dancer with confidence in her abilities.
natural hair
During my initial interview for a hair makeover, I could tell I was just there to be the token black girl.
alek wek
“Our confidence came from my mother,” she says. “She told us it was about celebrating the beauty of being a woman – that’s what made you gorgeous.”
I know most people have an attachment to their hair, but I’ve never felt that way myself. When I mentioned it to my hair stylist, she happily whipped out the hair buzzer.
She is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. The rest of us are not Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.
PLUS: Finally, a resolution to the "American Hustle" mystery that's been bugging me for MONTHS.
They’re gonna have to carry my cold, dead body out of this industry
Tell her whose beauty and fashion style you most love.

Feb 19, 2014 at 1:41pm | 234 comments

We rescued her from our local cat shelter, she'd been hit by a car last summer and had to have a leg amputated, and had been at the shelter ever since.
skin lightening
I wanted only to fade my scars; however, it not only lightened the rest of my skin but made me feel like a traitor to women of color.

Jan 29, 2014 at 11:30am | 88 comments

plastic surgery
I tried all kinds of products to get my dandruff under control, but this was the only thing that helped.
what the parenting books don't tell you
I'm not sure I even remembered to brush my hair on Monday, but I still managed to trick at least two people into thinking I have it all together. YOU CAN, TOO.
Impress your coworkers or stuff a pal's stocking with one of these clever, inexpensive gifty-gifts.