You Don't Need to Be a Vicious Trollop to Appreciate the Latest MAC Viva Glam Campaign

Taraji is back at MAC, Gilmore Girls lip balm exists, and box braids are causing controversy. Just another Wednesday in beauty news land.
Publish date:
November 2, 2016

Greetings from Montauk! I'm currently on the balcony of my suite at a lovely resort called Gurney's, where I'm staying with about 100 other beauty editors for a Unilever press extravaganza (if you can call learning about upcoming product launches from brands like Dove, Suave and TRESemme an "extravaganza" — and I think I can). We were originally supposed to go to Miami, but due to Zika concerns (the vast majority of us are women of childbearing age), they charter-bussed us a few hours outside of New York City to the Hamptons, where I've actually never been before.

And I cannot complain.

What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?

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I'm taking this break from brand presentations to bring you the latest beauty news, because as much as this looks like a vacation, 'tis not. (Lest anyone needs reminding, I have not been on a vacation in literally 11 years.)

Taraji and MAC just can't stay away from each other

Are you still bummed out that you didn't buy anything from Taraji P. Henson's MAC collaboration before it sold out? (So is her mom, apparently.) Well, the bad news is, those products aren't coming back. But the good news is, Taraji is back for the latest edition of MAC's longstanding super-good cause: Viva Glam.

Both she and her Empire costar Jussie Smollett appear in the campaign for the new Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass, both gorgeous raspberry shades, and both, as has always been the case, going 100% to improving the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Gilmore Girls lip balm is now a thing

Last week, Harry Potter fans got their wish when the Witchcraft & Wizardry eyeshadow palette was announced. And this week, Gilmore Girls fans (I assume there's some overlap between the two) can geek out over tinted and flavored lip balms inspired by the show — just in time for its return later this month.

Urban Tee Farm, known for their Gilmore Girls T-shirts, has introduced Vicious Trollop, a pink tinted balm with an orange-vanilla scent; Spring Break, which is tinted with hibiscus powder and tastes like mint; and Java Junkie, which is coffee-flavored. They're $5.25 each, or $12 for the set of three.

Like with Harry Potter, I have only a vague understanding of Gilmore Girls references, so you'll have to tell me if this is awesome.

This isn't the first time a girl has been sent home from school for box braids, but it might be the first time the girl is white

Oof. This is... this is something.

So, a white girl in the UK was sent home from school for her white-tinted box braids because, according to school rules, "extreme, unnatural hairstyles or colouring," are not allowed. "Any hair accessories should be of a practical nature and should not be decorative." That's the first part of the story.

The second part is that, in reporting this story, virtually every British news outlet refers to the braids as dreadlocks and/or dreads, which they are most definitely not. But then again, the girl is said to be 13 and 14 years old and named Chanise and Chenise within the bodies of multiple reports, so research doesn't seem to be these news sites' strong suit.

The rest of the story goes like this: Nise (my nickname for her because no one knows how to spell the first half of her name) has a very angry and misguided father, who told SWNS, "One of her friends at the school, who has Jamaican heritage, has the same style of haircut ... and she has been allowed to remain.”

I'll let Jennifer Ford of Essence take it from here:

"The tolerance for natural or 'black' hairstyles in schools has been a reoccurring issue around the globe, including South Africa, where a group of schoolgirls made international headlines for staging a protest against unjust hair policies."

And yet, when this particular school is actually doing the right thing and being welcoming of hairstyles associated with black culture on someone who's actually black, a white guy claims his white daughter is being discriminated against when she's told she her hair breaks the rules.

Oof, I say.

I wonder if he considered the possibility that it's not the braids that got her sent home (though many would say they crossed a cultural appropriation line), but the bright white color. After all, that's clearly stated in the policy.

Makeup + childhood games = gorgeous photos

I stumbled upon this amazing picture by photographer Christine Blackburne on Instagram a few days ago, and I was immediately in awe. She and beauty editor Karie Frost "shot this with the eyeshadow in the Rubiks cube, and I cleaned it up in retouching."

I hope she really means it when she says she's going to do more childhood games reimagined with makeup, because that is an art project I would absolutely love to see. (And frame!)

  • Are you planning to get one of the Taraji MAC Viva Glam shades?
  • How do you feel about the school's decision to send home Nise for her white box braids?
  • Are you excited about the Gilmore Girls balms?
  • What childhood game would you like to see interpreted as makeup?