5 Unique Benefits of Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has undoubtedly become one of the best all-purpose oils in the world. This oil has been recommended for several purposes, from hair to food, and even skin care. It is safe to say that coconut oil is a must have.

According to Dr Axe, there are over 1500 studies proving that coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils in the world. Using coconut oil has a lot more benefits than most people realise. Here are 5 unique benefits of using coconut oil

For Hair 

Coconut oil has the perfect fatty acids to help improve your hair and prevent it from getting dry or even having dandruff. After washing your hair, use coconut oil as an all-natural hair conditioner.

To get rid of dandruff and to thicken hair massage, use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of rosemary essential oil into your scalp, massage for 3 minutes, then wash 30 minutes later.

Anti-Aging

According to research, coconut oil improves antioxidant levels and can slow ageing. Coconut oil works by reducing stress in the liver and by lowering oxidative stress.

Also, it was discovered by scientists that coconut oil may support detoxification because of how it works with the liver. To slow ageing, take 1 tbsp of coconut oil with anti-oxidant rich berries for breakfast. You can also apply it directly on your skin for additional benefits and smoothing.

Prevention of Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol in your body but also help to convert bad cholesterols into good cholesterols.

It helps promote a healthy heart and lowers the risk of heart disease.

Weight loss

Coconut oil has energy creating abilities which are beneficial for losing weight. It was discovered that capric acid shows significant improvements in thyroid function, helps lower resting heart rate and assists your body in burning fat for energy.

Improves Energy and Endurance

Today, many athletes use coconut oil as their source of fuels during training and races for long distance events. You can make a homemade energy fuel by mixing coconut oil, raw honey and chia seeds together. Simply put together 1 tbsp of each and consume 30 minutes prior to exercise.

Coconut oil is easy to digest and therefore produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism.

This Is The Real Difference Between Skin Brightening and Skin Lightening

Long story short; neither are bleaching! 

There’s so much confusion about products and ingredients that claim to lighten and/or brighten skin. So we consulted with Dr. Dennis Gross, founder of 900 Fifth Dermatology and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare for a quick refresher. Take notes!

What’s the basic difference between skin lightening and brightening? Lightening is reducing pigmentation and brightness is increasing radiance and glow of skin. Lightening has to do with discoloration and evening of skin tone.  Brightening is more about restoring vibrancy to the skin.

What ingredients should you look for in a lightener?  Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Arbutine, Vitamin C and retinol.

What ingredients should you look for in a brightener? Vitamin C, retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

What type of treatments do you typically recommend for both? There is overlap between ingredients for both.  Using all those ingredients can address both issues. I love to use peels—both AHA and retinol peels. In addition to stimulating collagen production, which will soften lines and wrinkles, peels firm skin and even our skin tone.  Repetitive peels can also help to reduce pore size, fade discolorations, improve rosacea, as well as treat and prevent acne.

Which one is better for skin of color? Everyone wants brightening because it makes skin glowy. But not all want lightening. Lightening the skin seems to be more of an issue with skin of color because their skin can produce irregular patches of pigmentation, than fair skinned individuals.

What else should you keep in mind when considering lightening or brightening? Sunscreen is important for skin of color. Sun causes loss of brightness and increases dullness. And the sun’s harmful rays can lead to increased discoloration because people with skin of color produce more pigmentation naturally.

Amazing Benefits Of Shea Butter For Hair And Skin

 

Shea butter is an amazing butter grown primarily across west and central Africa, and the east to some extent. The butter is extracted from the shea karite fruit of the Vitellaria paradoxa tree. It is a tree which can be found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, among others.

It is a tree which can be found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, among others.

Shea butter has been used in the cosmetic industry for years. From hair creams to shampoos, body moisturizers and soap bars, shea butter can be found on the ingredient list of many beauty products.

There have also been accounts of the famous Queen Cleopatra who is often referred to as the most beautiful woman in history and the addition of shea butter to her beauty regimen.

Shea butter has an off white color that is slightly yellow. Although some come white in packages, these types have been altered or bleached to get it odorless and white. It has a faint earthy smell that can be rid of with the addition of essential oils like lavender oil. However, the smell from the shea butter isn’t so pungent as it fades off after application to hair or skin.

benefits of shea butter for hair and skin

To get the full benefits of this wonder butter, we recommend getting unrefined Grade A butter. This type is processed without the addition of chemicals and other whatnots. Some might still contain impurities but various grade A  shea butter are painstakingly filtered to get rid of impurities without chemicals.

Amazing Benefits of Shea Butter For Hair And Skin

 

So What Makes Shea Butter Amazing?

It has healing properties

Shea butter is used for its medicinal properties. It can be used in getting rid of wrinkles, blemishes, pregnancy stretch marks, dermatitis and so on. In some African countries, it is also used to relieve nasal congestion. Different researches have also proven that it contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to increase collagen production, meaning it makes a good anti-aging product.

Hair protection against UV rays 

Over exposure to the sun’s Ultra-violet A or B rays are equally damaging to the hair as to the skin. On the skin, it could cause cancer. On the hair, UV rays can cause a discoloring effect, leading to hair loss as a result of cuticle damage. It can also cause dry brittle hair that is vulnerable to split ends and other hair damages.

Although there are various sunscreen products for skin, finding one for the hair is hard to come by. With an SPF of 6, Shea butter could suffice for a sunscreen hair product.

Moisturizer

This is the major benefit of shea butter for skin and hair. For centuries, shea butter has been used to soften Afro-textured hair. It is also used to soften the skin and get rid of dryness during the dry harmattan season in west Africa countries such as Ghana and Nigeria. It has emollient properties which penetrate the skin and hair.

Hair growth

With high amounts of stearic, linoleic and oleic acids, vitamins E and A, shea butter is infused with nutrients that pose great benefits to the hair. Combined with its anti-inflammatory attributes, it helps fight dry, itchy scalp, dandruff, seal in moisture and nutrients, all which will improve hair growth in one way or another.

This Is How Tia Mowry Keeps Eczema Flare-Ups In Check

“I remember the first flare up I had and it’s something that really messes with your self-esteem a little bit.”

If someone you’re meeting the first time is trying to avoid shaking hands, don’t write them off as being rude, they might just suffer from eczema. “The problem is eczema is that once you have that breakout you kind of have to ride it out,” says actress Tia Mowry who has battled with eczema for five years. “I remember the first flare up I had and it’s something that really messes with your self-esteem a little bit.”

Along with the dryness and uncomfortable itching, the skin condition can also be embarrassing—especially when it decides to show up on areas of your skin that are visible to everyone such as your hands. “You can have it on your skin, but sometimes you can have it on your hands,” explains Mowry. “The thing is it’s inflammation in your skin. Mine was little small bumps that would just itch and itch and I would scratch. My skin would start to peel and it would be embarrassing shaking people’s hands.

 

In support of the dry skin condition that so many people deal with, Mowry has teamed up with the Eucerin, the bathroom staple brand for eczema sufferers everywhere to help them feel the difference when it comes to treating the condition and their attitudes towards it.

For Mowry, her flare-ups are connected to the stress of being a working mom, along with certain foods. In addition to slathering on non-greasy skincare helpers that are loaded with soothing and healing ingredients like Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème ($8; target.com) post-shower, and Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gently Hydrating Cleanser ($6; target.com) to wash her face, Mowry suggests practicing mindfulness to keep stress—and flare-ups—in check.

“The older you get the more you realize you have to start taking care of yourself and taking care of your health and well-being. I like to exercise like doing yoga, which really helps me calm down and lower my stress levels,” she says. “I’ve also just started actively meditating 10 minutes in the morning and at night and it’s so amazing how it calms down the nervous system. Certain foods also trigger it, for me it’s too much alcohol on a girls night out. I think the key is to just listen and pay attention to your body in regards to what foods you’re putting into your body.”

While it may be frustrating getting the dryness under control at first, Mowry’s biggest piece of advice is not to give up and to share your eczema experiences. “When you’re first figuring out what you have, of course it’s embarrassing, but the more share your experiences with it; it just makes you feel more confident,” Mowry says. “Not only that, whether you know it or not, you may be encouraging someone else.”

Here’s What Happens to Your Skin When You OD On Exfoliating

After chatting with a facialist, it was her conclusion that I was over-exfoliating.

I’ve never considered myself to have sensitive skin. In fact, I always felt like it was basically a shield of armor, which is rather ideal for a beauty editor consistently using her own face and body as a guinea pig for products and lotions and potions and weird treatments. No odd reactions, no problem.

But then one day, seemingly all of a sudden, my skin started freaking out. Redness, stinging, burning, blotchiness. My pores looked bigger? Moisturizers I loved in the past we’re making my face feel like it was on fire, and anything with fragrance was a BIG no-no.

I immediately pared down my routine because if I didn’t, I’d be walking around all day, every day looking like I just finished a 10 mile run. I had my suspicions, and after chatting with a facialist, it was her conclusion that this newly sensitive skin was of my own personal doing through over-exfoliation.

“My work consists of reading the skin and analyzing different concerns that are showing on the surface,” says facialist Ildi Pekar when I asked her about my skin. “While I was reading your skin, it was showing me signs that you were over-exfoliating. The side effects/symptoms of that is skin sensitivity, redness, blotchiness, and irritation.”

So how does over-exfoliation happen exactly? According to Dr. Melanie Palm, a board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, and Medical Director of Art of Skin MD, it can be caused by a few different situations, including over-aggressive use of a hand-held cleansing device, having an issue with the ingredient in the product, or using a topical exfoliant with physical particles (i.e. a scrub).

“Some of the most frequently used exfoliating masks employ particulates or beads to cleanse the skin,” says Dr. Palm. “While on oily or combination skin this may be OK, on rosacea-prone or sensitive skin types this may be disastrous. The physical beads over time could actually cause new broken blood vessels in rosacea skin types, and these particulates are too harsh on delicate skin areas or sensitive skin types.”

And getting too liberal with your peel pads is no better either, as dermatologist Dr. Marina I. Peredo says this can also happen after contact with high concentrations of chemical exfoliants.

Mild or moderate over-exfoliation might result in pink or redness, dryness, or rough skin texture (what I was dealing with), but Dr. Palm says in the most severe cases, people can experience rashes, scabbing, bleeding, itching, stinging, and possibly scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Fixing this sitch, though, is relatively manageable. First, you’ll want to lay off the scrubbing and switch to a topical product that is simple, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory. Dr. Palm suggests a 1% hydrocortisone cream or products with colloidal oatmeal to calm. She also says that you can use green tea or tea tree oil for spots of irritation.

You might already have a few skin saviors in your arsenal. Dr. Peredo says you can apply good ole Aquaphor ($5; target.com) for a few nights in a row and then apply Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner ($6; walmart.com) in the AM to hydrate your skin.

As for cleansers, skip out on the anti-aging or acne-based products for a while, and pick up something with hyaluronic acid or ceramides as the call-out ingredient.

7 Ways to Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

A good night’s sleep alone won’t alleviate those shadows.

We’ve all been there: You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see the eyes of a tired woman staring back at you. But a full night of shut-eye isn’t enough to erase those dark circles, says Charlotte Clark, a dermatologist in New York City. It may help diminish their appearance a bit, but to get rid of circles for good, first consider their source.

 

Why They Appear

Genetics are the biggest culprit. If you inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there (often because of slower circulation from lack of sleep). This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak. Age is another factor. Over time, skin loses collagen and thins, so veins show through more prominently. Sunbathing speeds up this process by breaking down collagen and mottling skin color.
Seasonal allergies are to blame for many people. “They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn inflame blood vessels and cause swelling,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston. To determine why your circles happen, gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If that area becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging. If the color doesn’t change, UV rays or allergies are probably the cause. 

How to Treat Them

If your circles are the result of vascular issues, double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes. In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels, says Jeannette Graf, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. Use an eye cream with caffeine, which helps constrict vessels (try Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream, $72; sephora.com). Other smart alternatives: Arnica-based creams (found at health-food stores), which are considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce the appearance of darkness. And eye creams with green tea or grapeseed oil help strengthen capillary walls (try Replenix All-trans-Retinol Eye Repair Cream, $75, dermstore.com). You can tweak your diet, too. Flavonol-rich dark chocolate (an ounce a day) and foods full of omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts) may improve blood flow to the skin, says Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian in New York City.

For allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies begin to abate shadows.

And, last, if thin skin is the issue, use a collagen-building cream. “One of my top go-to ingredients is retinol,” says Hirsch. “It helps increase collagen production” (one product to try is ROC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Eye Cream, $23 at walmart.com). Vitamin C also encourages production and can help brighten skin tone (find it in a product such as Renée Rouleau Vitamin C Eye Serum, $59.50, reneerouleau.com). And wear sunscreen daily, says Hirsch, or you’ll cancel out the benefits from any of these treatments.

For quick circle camouflage, apply eye cream and let it dry for a few minutes. Then pat on a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Top with a layer of loose powder, which helps prevent makeup from caking in creases.

13 Genius Solutions For Dry Hands

Women who work with their hands all day long hand over their favorite skin products.

Blackjack Dealer

“Working on the casino floor, I’ve seen people take chips out of their shoes and bras, even hold them between their teeth before putting them on the table for me to pick up! I’ve tried many hand soaps but the one I carry in my workbag is Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot Deep Cleansing Hand Soap ($6.50; bathandbodyworks.com). You’d never know it was a deep cleansing soap because its moisturizers—like aloe and vitamin E—keep my hands feeling super soft after each washing. I follow up with a hand cream from Avon called Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream ($5; avon.com). It’s a hydrating gel that literally sealcoats my hands until the next washing.” —Terri Acilio, blackjack dealer, Caesars Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

 

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

“At any given time, my hands can be covered in everything from glue to glitter to nose snot! Because I’m always juggling a zillion things, I prefer the ease of liquid hand soap and the one I reach for is Yes To Cucumber Eucalyptus Hand Soap ($4; target.com). I love that it’s 98 percent natural—it doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial colors—which might have something to do with why I never feel the need to follow-up with a moisturizer. And I love how the scent lingers on my skin beyond my time at the sink. When my kids are having a moment, I simply breathe in the calming cucumber scent.” —Crystal Jablonski, prekindergarten teacher at Chatham Day School, Chatham, New Jersey

Pediatric Nurse

“I work as a nurse in the special care nursery at a hospital and a big part of my job is drawing blood and giving vaccines to newborns. I wash my hands before and after every patient interaction—so cracks in my skin are pretty common, especially in winter. When this happens, I reach for two products: Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Cream ($5; amazon.com), which contains an alpha hydroxy acid that does a great job of exfoliating my dry skin, and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($9; amazon.com), which uses hydrators like oatmeal to repair my hands without leaving them greasy or slippery—important when you’re handling newborns all day!” —Natalie Forde, R.N., Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, Illinois

 

Hand Model

“Keeping my hands in great shape is crucial to my livelihood. For years I only washed with water because I found soap too drying—until a friend gave me a bar of Pure Harmony Soap ($9; pureharmonysoaps.com), and I was instantly hooked. My favorite, the Lavender Milk soap, is filled with things like hydrating olive oil and shea and cocoa butters, leaving my skin feeling soft after every washing. Once a week, I’ll make my own hand moisturizer by combining 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid vitamin E before rubbing the liquid onto my hands at night. The mixture can be a bit greasy, so I wear cotton gloves to bed, which also helps the oil absorb into my skin.” —Ashly Covington, hand model, Los Angeles & New York City

Chef

“It’s my job to handle food all day long—from prepping meals for our cooking school to helping out in the company café. At night, I pack on the moisturizer by squeezing out some pure aloe vera from the plants in my home and then turning to Crisco. Yep, I use Crisco ($11, amazon.com) once a week during the frigid Northeast winters to heal cracks and cuts, applying it to my hands (and feet), and covering everything with white cotton socks before bed.” —Patty Roche, culinary specialist, Stonewall Kitchen, York, Maine

Gardener

“I do everything wrong, rooting around impulsively in the soil without gloves on, and never getting manicures. But I manage to keep my hands in good condition despite it all. I have a small, stiff nailbrush at each sink and use it midday and again after my gardening chores are done. I follow up with Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream ($17, amazon.com), because it’s not greasy and has a subtle, natural fragrance. Plus the product line’s focus for almost fifty years has been on harnessing the healing power of plants—something right up my alley!” —Margaret Roach, garden writer and blogger at AWayToGarden.com

Banker

“Throughout the day, my fingers slowly take on a grayish black color, thanks to the ink from dollar bills rubbing off on my hands. But that’s only part of the reason I’m always in the bathroom—some of the bills I handle leave a smell on my hands—mildew, gasoline, perfume, beer, you name it! Having a hardworking lotion is important because I wash my hands so much. Thanks to its moisturizing sesame oil and cocoa and shea butters, Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Cream ($11.30; target.com) feels silky going on, but it’s not so slick that it doesn’t absorb. The fresh citrus scent doesn’t linger—which I like. I have enough scent interference throughout my day!” —Laura Iurato, bank teller in Wayne, New Jersey

Hair Colorist

“I work with chemicals every day so my hands get dry, bleached, and colored. I use Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream ($5; avon.com) to help. It’s super thick but absorbs quickly and leaves my hands soft and hydrated. I also turn to my favorite moisturizing soap—Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Bath Soap ($20; nordstrom.com). It has a musky scent that’s very rich and warm.” —Rita Hazan, colorist and owner of Rita Hazan Salon, New York City

Manicurist

“I’m on photo shoots pretty much five days a week and in constant contact with the drying chemicals in polish removers and hand sanitizers. For relief, I massage OPI’s Avoplex Oil ($15; ulta.com) into my hands and cuticles at night. It’s packed with sunflower, sesame, avocado, and kuikui nut oils. Although not sticky, it is fairly dense so I use it sparingly to avoid messing up my sheets.” —Alicia Torello, OPI celebrity manicurist based in New York City, New York

Palm Reader

“I can read up to 100 palms a day, touching skin that can be dry, or moist and clammy. I work in a cabana with no access to a sink, so after each reading I wipe down my palms and fingers with rubbing alcohol, then follow up with the only moisturizer I’ve found that really works—Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Crème ($7; amazon.com). It contains hydrating oatmeal, is fragrance-free—a smelly scent would be distracting in my business—and dries quickly with no tackiness.” —Lisa Green, palm reader, Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Aesthetician

“Because they’re often overworked, I get acupuncture on my hands twice a month to improve and maintain flexibility, along with a twice-monthly hand massage to reduce tension. I also apply a hand cream containing 5 percent moisturizing urea—Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Hand Cream ($50; amazon.com)—between washings to keep my skin soft and hydrated. It’s fast absorbing and contains antioxidants and vitamins that help reduce my dark spots.” —Edyta Jarosz, licensed aesthetician, Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center, New York City

Housekeeper

“As the owner of a cleaning service, I can tackle up to four houses a day, which exposes my hands to a lot of drying chemicals and irritants, as well as to all types of germs. I have a bottle of Bath & Body Works PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel ($2; bathandbodyworks.com) on me at all times. The gel comes in so many different scents—from eucalyptus spearmint to French lavender—I simply grab the one I’m in the mood for and head out the door. This is truly the only hand sanitizer I’ve found that kills germs without drying out my skin.” —Kim O’Connell, owner of Clean Therapy, Phoenix, Arizona

Dentist

“I’ve got my hands in people’s mouths all day long, pretty nasty since the mouth harbors more germs than anywhere else on the body. Although I wear gloves (which in itself can be drying), I’m constantly washing my hands between patients and keep CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream ($8, walmart.com) at my work sink. I never have to worry about skin irritation, thanks to its alcohol and fragrance-free formulation. —Wilma Antonio, D.D.S., New York City

How To Properly Choose A Spot Treatment

This is especially important for those of us who are constantly trying to eliminate dark spots and acne scars.

Even if you’re blessed with “that good skin,” breakouts are inevitable. We’ve all been privy to the countless culprits that leave us with blemishes–stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes–and probably dabbled in the quick fixes that promise fast results.

Spot treatments are particularly attractive because they’re made with a concentrated ingredient that directly combats a specific issue. And when the packaging promises overnight results, how can you not try it?!

Well, we’ve tried them all and while some have worked better than others, trial and error reminds us that how we use a product will have an undeniable impact on the type of results we see. This is especially important for those of us who are constantly trying to eliminate dark spots and acne scars.

So, we’re going back to spot treament basics with Julie Clark, founder of Province Apothecary, a cult favorite organic brand that specializes in holistic beauty.

For starters, it’s important to identify the stressors that are giving you skin problems in the first place.

In addition to the ones we’ve already mentioned, lack of hydration, not washing your pillowcase and the normal vices (alcohol, sugar, smoking) could all be contributing to your winter-to-spring skin woes.

According to Clark, “in TCM and Aryuveda (Chinese and Indian medicine systems), each section of your face corresponds to different body parts, but it can sometimes be more confusing when you isolate and focus on this.”

“I like to think of it like this- if you are breaking out, your body is telling you: you are out of balance and showing signs of inflammation and that you need to slow down and take better care of yourself.”

This is where a spot treatment comes in handy. Although it should never replace your cleanser, adding one into your routine means you can cut the time it takes to get rid of a blemish in half. They’re suitable for all skin types, but again, be sure that the ingredients won’t interfere with your skin’s natural chemistry.

For instance, Province Apothecary’s Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum is great for sensitive skin because it’s made with tumeric and calendula, both of which are best for reducing spots.

“They are gentle on the skin but extremely powerful ant-inflammatories,” Clark adds. “They naturally help your body calm redness and inflammation. The worse thing you can do is dry your skin out with harsh chemicals or drying essential oils (like tea tree).”

Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to one, remember that a little goes a long way. For the Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum specifically, shake before using and place just one drop on the blemish. Give it two to five minutes to absorb and repeat 3-4 times a day.

Clark adds, “Applying it once in the morning and once at night also works very well.”

“It’s most noticeable in the morning, after a good night’s sleep and applying the spot treatment before bed…Another secret is to NEVER pick your face. If you pick, you will scar and everything will take three times as long to heal.”

At the end of the day, no two blemishes are the same, so choose wisely and remember to solving your skin’s most deep-rooted problems will take time and extra care.

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Just Posted An Open Call For Makeup Artists

Get ready to ‘shine bright like a diamond’ year-round!

Last April, luxury goods company LVMH announced a $10 million beauty partnership with Rihanna and we’ve been craving more details ever since.

So, when a now-deleted Instagram preview of what appeared to be lipsticks from Fenty Beauty finally emerged on the singer’s birthday (February 20), our hearts nearly skipped a beat.

And if that weren’t enough, the RihNavy had a collective heart attack after discovering the full collection would be available on Sephora shelves next fall.

Although the beauty retailer has aisles of amazing lip color, Rihanna’s line may offer the best lipsticks of all time (in our Kanye voice).

A recently launched and deactivated Instagram account revealed it’s set to include a pink holographic lip color (below), the same shade that was allegedly used for RihRih’s Fenty x Puma Spring 2017 show.

And according to Global Artist and Educator for Kendo Brands, Erik Soto, a special someone will have an exclusive first look at the entire Fenty Beauty line.

That’s right; the search is officially on for a Global Makeup Artist of Fenty Beauty and open interviews will start Friday, February 24, 2017 at Hotel Rivington in New York City. Open calls will also be held the following week in Dallas and L.A., and those who make it to the second phase will have an opportunity to apply makeup on Rihanna herself!

In an exclusive statement to Bustle, Fenty Beauty’s PR team also confirmed the exciting news.

“Fenty Beauty has officially partnered with James Vincent, who is leading the charge on their search for a Global Makeup Artist for Fenty Beauty. This is the only official information posted from the brand since the announcement of the launch in Spring of 2016.”

“Any other post and/or chatter are from fan pages that are enthusiastically awaiting the launch and are unofficial and conjecture about the launch. We are just as excited as the fans and promise the launch will be worth the wait. Stay tuned for Fall 2017.”

Model Khoudia Diop aka ‘Melanin Goddess’ Has Some Very Good Advice For Her Younger Self

As part of Make Up For Ever’s new #BlendInStandOut campaign, she hopes to push the boundaries of traditional beauty standards.

In 2016, the internet discovered its latest obsession: Khoudia Diop of The Colored Girl.

You’ve probably heard friends refer to her as the “Melanin Goddess,” or seen photos of her deep ebony skin sprinkled throughout Instagram.

The up and coming model is a part of “The Colored Girl” agency, which celebrates every shade of Black beauty with breathtaking pictorials. Needless to say, Diop’s status as an Insta-star went from 0 to 100 real quick. And now she’s using her platform to promote self-love to the masses.

As part of Make Up For Ever’s new #BlendInStandOut campaign, she hopes to push the boundaries of traditional beauty standards and encourage others to “create their own rules of diversity.””For me, it’s more than just a product, it’s the idea behind the product!” the Senegalese beauty tells ESSENCE. “There are so many types of beauty that all deserve to be celebrated.”

Foundation campaigns rarely feature women with dark skin, but Make Up For Ever remains one of the few that promote inclusivity with its products and advertising. And Diop’s participation speaks volumes about its efforts to make sure that there’s truly something for everyone.

She adds, “Personally, it was always very difficult to find complexion products that match my shade. Make Up For Ever has foundation options that work for me, and everyone.” So much so, that today, she counts the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation (her shade is R540!), the Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer and Ultra HD Skin Booster as part of her daily routine.

Counting Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Obama as her beauty icons, Khoudia’s ultimate goal is to create an iconic legacy that includes helping others and of course, living fabulously. Thanks to a monstrous Instagram following and this new campaign, she’s well on her way to reaching that goal.

 

In fact, her anti-bullying stance for the #BlendInStandOut campaign is partly inspired by the not-so-nice parts of maintaining a heightened social presence. “There are still people who make comments occasionally, but they’re in the minority,” she said. “Most of the response has been and is hugely positive. For those who feel the need to be bullies, I ignore them. Negative energy is wasteful. As Michelle Obama said, ‘When they go low, we go high.'”

 

Always stressing the importance of inner beauty and empowerment, Diop only hopes to inspire the supporters who may have gone through the same hang-ups she experienced as a kid.

As for the advice she’d give her younger self, Khoudia says, “I would tell her to be more patient, and spend less energy on bullies, although it is very hard keep in mind that they just want to glow like you!”