Alicia Keys Supports a Great Cause - and Great Skin!
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Alicia Keys Supports a Great Cause - and Great Skin!
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Alicia Keys Supports a Great Cause - and Great Skin!
<a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/Alicia-Keys-Kiehl-Collaboration-Video-33387622"></a><a class="sugar_inline_link" title="Latest photos and news for Alicia Keys" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Alicia-Keys" target="_blank">Alicia Keys</a> has solicited the help of beauty brand Kiehl's to raise awareness (and funds) for her foundation Keep a Child Alive. The musician redesigned the <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/p/kiehl?pid=22161&pdata=onsugar1922153,33387622's-kiehls-since-1851-alicia-keys-limited-edition-midnight-recovery-concentrate/441906039" target="_blank">Midnight Recovery Concentrate</a> ($46) bottle with the charity's logo, and for a limited time, 100 percent of the net profits (up to $200,000) will go toward HIV treatment for children worldwide. Learn <a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/Alicia-Keys-Kiehl-Donate-Keep-Child-Alive-33257065" >more about the collaboration</a> when you watch.
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4 Insanely Easy DIY Hair Masks For Anyone Who Loves Coconut Oil
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/DIY-Coconut-Hair-Mask-Video-42101978"></a>Too much hair color or heat styling? Are your curls limp? Maybe your scalp is a little flaky. We've been there! But the good news is that there's a coconut oil treatment to help your biggest hair woes. We can think of a million reasons to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxwIuNAHMSY" target="_blank">use coconut oil in your beauty routine</a>, but here are a few: it helps smooth frizz, moisturizes, and helps curb breakage and split ends. Plus, it smells great! Make sure to watch the video above to see four easy, health-boosting hair masks. They're targeted for curly hair, dry hair, color-treated hair, and dry, flaky scalps, and you can whip them up in your kitchen in minutes. How do you use coconut oil for beauty? Tell us in the comment section below!
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Why JoJo Used to Inject Herself to Get Skinny
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/JoJo-Interview-2016-42090574"></a> I don't know a single teenage soul in the early millennium who didn't drive around (or sit in their room) blasting <a href="https://twitter.com/iamjojo" target="_blank">JoJo</a>'s "Leave (Get Out)." It was the anthem of slighted girls and boys everywhere, a ditty juxtaposed with the vocal maturity of its performer. It was a therapeutic song in that you could scream "LEAVE!" with the conviction of Marcia Clark, yet still giggle as you recited the lyrics "to go behind my back and call my friend, boy you must have gone and bumped your head." Point being that <a href="https://www.instagram.com/iamjojo/" target="_blank">JoJo</a> was an integral part of our lives at one point, and then, without a trace, she kind of disappeared. Now we know why - label issues that kept her from releasing new albums and even kept her from putting our old favorites like "Too Little Too Late" and "How to Touch a Girl" on Spotify and Apple Music. Now, at 25, JoJo has a new album on the way under a new label. Her sound is more mature - like her voice - but still catchy as hell. (Try not to dance around like a banshee to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC98saSu1w3i9w-PG8Tsfi3Q" target="_blank">"When Love Hurts."</a>) And while she's stopped catering to others and put on her Independent Woman badge, she admits that she actually does care about others' opinions. "Here's something that I agreed to do that ended up messing with me psychologically," JoJo said. "I was under a lot of pressure with a company I was previously and they wanted me to lose weight fast. So they got me with a nutritionist and had me, like, on all these supplements, and I was injecting myself - this is a common thing 'the girls' do all the way - it makes your body only need certain calories, so I ate 500 calories a day. It was the most unhealthy thing I've ever done." She gained all the weight back, she said, and she felt horrible that she subscribed to a lifestyle that other people wanted her to live. "I felt like, 'If I don't do this, my album won't come out.' Which it didn't! So it's not like it even worked!" JoJo said. Thankfully, JoJo's gotten ahold of what she wants out of her life and her career, and she doesn't feel the pressure to follow others. "I listen to other people's opinions. Listening and following are different things. I think listening and showing respect to people you respect . . . it works for me," JoJo said. "What you think about yourself and the decisions you make is what's most important." JoJo's been pushing out the new jams since late last year. We can expect a new album soon, and you can catch her on tour this year with <a href="http://www.livenation.com/artists/159893/fifth-harmony-the-7-27-tour" target="_blank">Fifth Harmony on the 7/27 Tour</a>. Praise BE! Check out the interview, and let us know your favorite part in the comments section below. On Kirbie: Shoshanna
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6 Tips You Might Not Know For Looking (and Feeling) Better With a Hangover
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Hangover-Makeup-Tips-Video-42039171"></a>We're all about moderate (and safe) alcohol consumption, yet when you're having a lot of fun, drinking a few more Fireball ginger ales doesn't seem like that terrible of an idea. (Perhaps Fireball was our first mistake.) Then the morning comes, and it all sets in: you have a hangover - on a weekday, no less - and it can feel like a death sentence. Adulting can be so hard, can't it? If there's anything you can do to help with feeling like The Walking Dead (outside of taking some Aleve and sleeping the rest of the day), it's looking alive. You might not feel like a normal, functioning human, but you can look like one with a few tips: <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495642506&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Use a makeup-removing towel</a>. If you can, wash off your makeup as soon as you stumble in the door. Do not opt for a lazy-girl makeup wipe routine - your skin will not forgive you in the morning, as many of them are loaded with alcohol, and you've clearly had enough. Instead, use a makeup-removing cloth. They only require hot water and can be a refreshing way to pamper your hammer-timed skin. <a href="https://www.h2oplus.com/?utm_source=Popsugar&utm_medium=VideoCaption&utm_campaign=PopsugarBeautyJunkie" target="_blank">Exfoliate the next morning.</a> Exfoliating the next day will help get rid of any residue, dirt, or debris from the night before and will also give your skin a nice glow by sloughing off dead skin. Try a product with papaya enzymes for gentle exfoliation with results you can see immediately. Drink coconut water. You know you need to chug lots of water while you drink, but if you had, you probably wouldn't be hungover. So in addition to guzzling H2O in the morning, drink coconut water. It contains a lot of potassium, a nutrient you lose a ton of when you drink. (Those frequent trips to the bathroom can do that to you.) Or, the next morning, eat a banana. What are your favorite hangover tips? Be sure to watch the video to learn all of our best advice, and let us know yours in the comment section.
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Why You Should Love Your Natural Hair
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Megz-Lytle-Natural-Hair-Pretty-Unfiltered-42003482"></a> For <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ulovemegz" target="_blank">Megan "Megz" Lytle</a>, getting off relaxers has been a "hair journey." The spunky beauty vlogger has been relaxing her natural texture for years but recently decided she wanted to embrace the hair she was born with. "I've been relaxing it ever since I was 15," says Megan. "I was like, 'Wait, I want to wear my hair straight all the time! I don't want to flat-iron it!'" Megan explained who influenced her to get her hair relaxed, saying, "My family, they're from the South. They're the older generation. They're used to pressing out. So they kind of looked at it as if your hair isn't curled or straightened, your hair isn't 'done.'" This started her relationship with relaxers, a treatment she said she thought was "taking care of her hair." Now, Megan has decided to go relaxer-free in an effort to embrace her natural hair texture. "I haven't had a relaxer since January 2016! I have a mini 'fro right now under my protective style. It's a wig. When you're transitioning, you can't manipulate your hair because you have two different textures. So I have curly girl hair . . . and then straight hair. I can't manipulate too much into it because it will break off," says Megan. Watch Megan discuss the reason she wanted to go natural in this week's episode of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYkQDuDMtbCAxwyrMO7_eStBnWGU6kWp_" target="_blank">Pretty Unfiltered</a>, check out an easy <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.popsugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> hair mask for dry or colored hair on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ulovemegz" target="_blank">Megan's channel</a>, and let us know about your own hair journey in the comments below!
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Oil-Slick Lips Will Be Your New Beauty Obsession
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/How-Do-Oil-Slick-Lips-Video-42034319"></a>Awe-inspiring lip art is one of the biggest trends on social media. But your look doesn't have to be complicated to turn heads. Enter the oil-slick lip! By layering metallic eye shadows, you can create the prettiest iridescent finish. And, yes, it's sure to garner all the "likes." Plus, it couldn't be easier to pull off! Check out how makeup artist <a href="http://www.instagram.com/kasekathleen" target="_blank"> Kasey Ault </a> creates this multifaceted look in no time flat. Will you be trying this trend? Tell us in the comments section below!
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Why Being a "Late Bloomer" Made This Woman More Successful
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Megan-Nicole-Beauty-Interview-Pretty-Unfiltered-41943675"></a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/megannicolesite" target="_blank">Megan Nicole</a> fell in love with music at a young age, after receiving a karaoke machine as a gift. It was then she learned she was able to sing and has a passion for it. It's also what helped take her mind off senseless bullying she endured in school. <a href="https://twitter.com/megannicole?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" target="_blank">Megan</a> is a petite 22-year-old, and describing her as anything but "cute as a button" would be blasphemy. She's warm, kind, and, yes, small, which is what a majority of the scrutiny revolved around. "I got teased a lot for my body type. Going through sixth to eighth grade, going through those transitions in life . . . I was late to the game," Megan said. "And guys would tease me for having a flat chest or no chest." She was also not included in activities because of how she looked and because she wasn't dating anyone. "It sounds like something out of a movie, maybe they got it from a movie, I don't know! I sat down at a table and a girl told me I couldn't sit there because I wasn't a part of 'the pretty committee,'" Megan said. "And it was also because I didn't have a boyfriend at the time." But Megan used her perspective to drive her narrative. Instead of feeling bad for herself, she looked at the situation in a different light. "I thought, 'I'll wait to date when my mom doesn't have to drive me to the movies,'" Megan said. She relied on her core group of friends, her family, and her faith to keep her confident, but there was also a quote that helped her get through the rough patches. "Think less and thank more. It means not sitting there and dwelling . . . but giving thanks for all the positive things in your life." Watch this week's episode to learn more advice from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/megannicolemusic/" target="_blank">Megan</a>, and be sure to watch all the other episodes of Pretty Unfiltered <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/latest/Pretty-Unfiltered">here!</a>
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6 Foundation Commandments For Flawless Skin (That You'll Want to Use ASAP)
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Natural-Looking-Foundation-Tips-Tutorial-41306055"></a>Up until a few years ago, I never wore concealer or <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=31658525&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">foundation</a> . . . because I didn't need to. I was also weary about wearing it because when I saw most people sporting foundation, they always had a demarcation along their jawline of where the makeup stopped, and you could tell they were wearing it. Then I learned the brilliance in the <a href="http://www.revlon.com/products/face/foundation-makeup/colorstay-makeup-normal-dry-skin" target="_blank">perfect foundation application</a>! It offers an evenness to your skin that, after developing melasma and going through a quarter-life breakout for the books, I wasn't able to attain without a little makeup. In my opinion, less is more when it comes to foundation, so try the five-dot application method and add more if you need. Also, picking the right brush is key to getting the finish you want! Just need a little makeup to blur imperfections? Use a brush that doesn't have tightly packed bristles. And if you need major coverage, the classic foundation brush is your best friend. Check out these tips, plus <a href="http://www.revlon.com/products/face/foundation-makeup/colorstay-makeup-combination-oily-skin#309975410013||0" target="_blank">four other pieces of advice</a>, then let me know if you're tried any of these techniques at home! Foundation: <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=209435643&iu=/5485/sugar.pop/track" target="_blank">Revlon® ColorStay Makeup™</a>
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Freckle Love! How to Get In on the Faux Freckle Trend
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Faux-Freckle-Tutorial-41885226"></a>While some social media trends can be ridiculous, this one is actually uplifting! People are sketching faux freckles on their face, a "trend" we're sure many freckled friends of ours are reveling in. Because, hey, they're born with it! We use the term "trend" lightly because, really, it's not a trend at all! It's merely celebrating a look many people have genetically - a characteristic they should be proud of and show off. Knowing that some might have been teased for their freckles during their adolescence, or might have wished they didn't have them at all, makes this tutorial even sweeter. Check out how to create the faux-freckle look for your skin tone, and remind someone today that their freckles are gorgeous, darling. Products used: <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=511846094&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette</a> ($49) <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=527076139&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">NYX Cosmetics Slide On Eye Pencil</a> ($8) <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=16965107&pid=uid921-3589-70" target="_blank">Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder</a> ($35)
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How Discovering Makeup in Her 20s Literally Changed This Woman's Life
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Eman-Beauty-Interview-Pretty-Unfiltered-41874369"></a> Following your dreams is easy when you have a supportive home base to encourage you. But when they don't necessarily understand why you're following a certain path, it could potentially change the entire trajectory of your life. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/makeupbyeman" target="_blank">Eman</a> knows this better than anyone. It seems crazy that this YouTube sensation and overall stunner wasn't always set on becoming a makeup artist, but in fact it was the opposite. Growing up, her mother didn't wear makeup, and she wasn't introduced to the power cosmetics can have on one's self esteem until she hit her 20s. It was then, when she was working a comfy finance job, that she realized her true passion was becoming a makeup artist. "I realized that makeup can transform a person's confidence. It's aesthetically beautiful, but it was never really about that," said Eman. "You feel like the best version of yourself, and that is what I wanted to do for women everywhere. That's why I started my YouTube channel," said Eman. Eman risked her job as an accountant to pursue makeup; anyone who has made a major life change without knowing the outcome understands how terrifying that can be. "Oh, and trying to explain that to my parents!" said Eman. "Of course they were like, 'No, you're not.'" When asked how she got the courage to move forward - because, although it was an exciting change, it probably wasn't the most comforting - Eman explains that she knew she was meant to do it. "I think I felt like I found my passion, and there was no way I wasn't going to pursue it, and I was going to do whatever it took to make it happen." While it was hard at the beginning, Eman knew she would have "regretted every single day" not doing it, and suggests those of you out there who might be struggling with getting your family on board work hard and prove yourself; then, eventually, they might understand. Check out how Eman's family now feels about her career in our interview, and be sure to see her at <a href="http://livemu.sc/28O3Yrd " target="_blank">Beautycon Festival Los Angeles</a> on Saturday, July 9!