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The Fashion Foot

Every time I step into my closet, I am surprised by the amount of black clothing I have. Maybe because it is flattering, but I cannot seem to leave a shopping trip without a black top, black pants, black something. That is why I am eager to delve into the trend of all-white outfits: I need to abandon my dreary addiction to black clothing in favor of lighter, brighter options.

The trend of all white outfits has its origins on the runway, like most trends, but on a recent trip to New York City I noticed that the most stylish women of the city were sporting white pants with white tops. Some added a pop of color with a bright bag or patterned heels, but many remained faithful to donning pure white from head-to-toe.

Unlike all black outfits, white outfits give off a more laid-back, relaxed vibe and appear almost…

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Men’s skincare is still a source of mystery and confusion for many guys, so here’s a handy little guide to help you help them look their best.

Assess your dude

Before you get in his face waving a Clarisonic and pore strips, be sure your advice is welcomed. Get a sense of how aware he is about his skin. What level of knowledge are we working with here? What’s his comfort level with products? Has he asked for your help, or are you jumping the gun a bit?

Approach with caution

If your guy has been hinting at some discomfort with his skin, it’s a good bet he’d be interested in some solutions. Suss out his skincare concerns, and work with him to find a regimen he feels good about using. Some men would rather not broadcast their cosmetic exploits, so be sensitive to his comfort level.

Thick-skinned

Men have naturally thicker skin than women—and that’s not a turn of phrase. It’s up to 25% thicker, in fact. Higher levels of testosterone leads to higher production of collagen and elastin, which is part of the reason George Clooney just seems to look better and better. Some genders have all the luck. So the male dermis can handle (and needs) thicker, more penetrative products.

Cures for the common complaint:

Too-oily skin

Thicker skin leads to more sebaceous glands, so men generally have oilier skin than women. Try a moisturizer with mattifying properties, like Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel (bonus: skin looks smoother). If oily skin is causing breakouts, try the Proactiv refining mask for heavy-duty pimple-blasting. Use once a week or spot-treat.

Enlarged pores

Men have larger pores due to having more hair follicles, and excessive oil production can widen pores and exacerbate the issue. Weekly exfoliation will help to minimize the pores (men have been secretly using St. Ives apricot scrub for years), and Clinique has an entire pore-minimizing line.

Sun protection

Of course, everyone should be concerned about protecting themselves from harmful UV/UVA rays, but men generally don’t get the incidental protection that comes with foundation and other cosmetics with SPF included. Also, sun damage can directly combat that collagen/elastin advantage we mentioned, which would be a shame. Supergoop makes awesome sunscreen wipes for no-muss, no-fuss application.

Razor burn

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Tend Skin is a cult favorite for post-shave application to prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other irritation (swipe his bottle for your bikini area!). Products with salicylic acid (most anti-acne treatments contain it) will also help treat the issue.

General anti-aging concerns

Kiehl’s has an extensive, man-friendly line ranging from cleansers to toners to moisturizers and other symptom-specific treatments. Swipe some samples from your nearest department store for him to try, or take a shopping trip and consult with a Kiehl’s expert.







There is a natural order to accomplishing most anything in life: Lather, rinse, repeat. Love, marriage, baby in a carriage. High school, college, job (if you’re lucky). But some things, like putting on a fresh face of makeup, are a little more complicated.

What do you do first: Apply lipstick or focus on eyes? Where does blush come in? Can you get away with putting liner on after mascara? Of course, not everyone will use all steps, but even if you skip the powder or cheeks, this is a still a good working order to follow!

1: Primer or Moisturizer

Choose one, not both. Moisturizer, no matter how light in texture, will interfere with the function of a primer. Also, always remember to get in your sunscreen, whether SPF is built into your primer, moisturizer, or foundation.

2: Foundation

 When product falls onto bare skin, the pigment can be even harder to remove. It’s better to create a canvas with the foundation and then correct any mistakes as a finishing touch.

3: Concealer

Here is where you look at your face with a critical eye and add concealer sparingly, only on blemishes or dark circles. You want to wait until after the foundation because foundation will do a lot of the job for you.

4: Powder

Set it all with a very light dusting of translucent powder. This will help make it easier to remove fallout from eye shadow and give the base time to settle in while you apply the rest of your makeup.

5: Eyes or lips

After the face, I usually do the eyes first, but sometimes I’ll start with the lips because it gives me time to think about what I really want to do on the eyes.

For Eyes: shadow > liner > then mascara. But always go back and layer. Add a little more liner at the lash line, an extra pop of shimmer shadow in the center of the lid, etc.

For Lips: balm > liner > lipstick > then gloss. Smudging liner all over your lips and rubbing it in with fingertips before applying lipstick. And of course, use gloss only if you want!

6: Cheeks

I do the cheeks last for two reasons. One, it ties the eyes and lips together. Two, if you’re using a powder, you can sweep it across the lids after the eye makeup is done to add an extra pop.



Thought Catalog

Through my years of playing high school and university sports, endless hours spent working out in the gym, and training family and friends, I’ve noticed something; most people’s bodies look the exact same, month after month, year after year. I’ve made a list of the 5 reasons your body may look the same, and why you’re not getting the results you’d expect for all of the fitness tips and hard work that you’ve put in over the years.

1. Your body is in equilibrium.

Our bodies love balance. Whether it be the perfect amount of fiber and probiotics in our digestive tracts, balance of moisture and dryness on our skin, or balance of fat burning, and fat storage. If you’ve been working out for some time, and your diet has some resemblance of healthiness, you’re probably not overweight in terms of a BMI or overall health standpoint. Nonetheless, with the…

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Black America Web

eden miller fashion week

I’m sure those of you who have been attending fashion week for years will debate my headline. But I will say that Eden Miller is the first plus size designer to show under the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The Fashion Law Institute chose her line, Cabiria, as a part of their showcase during fashion week. Eden is one of six designers and the only designer featuring clothes for larger women. Fashionista caught up with Eden and she revealed how the plus size community has responded and what she hopes will happen next for plus size retailers.

So how does it feel to be the first plus designer to show at fashion week?

I’m incredibly excited and so stoked about it, but there’s also a lot of pressure. Even though there is a lot of plus high-end stuff out there in the marketplace, they’ve never shown at straight size fashion…

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Homemade Facial Masks

Sсоur thе Internet for fасiаl mаѕk recipes аnd you will find hundrеd’ѕ оf potential ѕitеѕ, Imageаll bоаѕting аbоut thе hеаlth аnd bеаutу thаt thеir recipes can рrоvidе fоr уоu. Thаnkѕ tо thе Intеrnеt аnd the Infоrmаtiоn Suреrhighwау, thеrе iѕ an аbundаnсе of frее infоrmаtiоn аvаilаblе tо аnуоnе whо wаntѕ tо tаkе thе timе tо seek it оut. But that dоеѕn’t mеаn thаt еvеrуthing you read оnlinе is wоrth its wеight in thе real.

Yоu’ll find that whеn you’re looking for thе best facial mаѕk or hоmеmаdе fасе mаѕkѕ fоr асnе, fоr еxаmрlе, thаt some оf the rесiреѕ аrе generic, gеnеrаl, оr the information iѕ blаnd (no рun intеndеd). You will аlѕо ԛuiсklу rеаlizе thаt too many of the ѕitеѕ аrе only promoting thеir own ѕресifiс products, such аѕ ѕсrubѕ оr hаir рrоduсtѕ or оthеr skin care рrоduсtѕ that уоu dоn’t rеаllу need. Fоr mаnу оf thеѕе, уоu’ll have to сrеаtе…

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Small Fish Big Pond

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I’ve had some seriously dry digits going on of late – due in part I think to the fact that I’m cycling more and more, which leaves my hands oh so exposed to the elements.

Ever determined to blitz every beauty problem that comes my way, I’ve been working my way through a whole heap of hand cream options in recent weeks in the hopes of finding one that cures the dryness once and for all. Given how many hand creams there are available out there, it might seem slightly bonkers that finding the perfect product is so hard – but I’m tellin’ y’all, there aren’t that many options that tick all the boxes for me.

Let me break it down for you:

The good: Dove Pro Age Nourishment Hand Cream. It’s lightweight, yet nourishing, subtly scented and leaves no tacky residue, plus it boasts some handy anti-ageing properties…

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