Remaining body positive while scrolling Instagram's endless stream of individuals filtered to perfection (or, ahem, beyond recognition) is no easy feat. The flaw-free barrage of drop-dead gorgeous 'grammers can make a gal feel like she needs to hide or whittle away at every supposed imperfection (Can we say #unrealistic?).
In the past few years, self-care has been occasionally and incorrectly equated with self-indulgence. Sure, self-care can mean throwing down for spa treatments, a new wardrobe or fine leather goods, but there are plenty of other ways to "treat yo' self." Some of the most powerful and healthy self-care habits for your mind and body are actually pretty simple, not to mention free (or pretty close to it).
You've probably seen the Instagram posts for jade stone and rose quartz facial gua sha tools. But you've no idea how to use them, or why. Order online and the tool comes with no instructions. What's a girl to do?
Ever had a beauty product you love so much that you shook, hacked, scraped or squeezed its container until you were absolutely positive you had expended all of its precious contents? Rare indeed is the product that elicits that deliciously desperate feeling, especially in beauty editors. So when our team of beauty mavens encounters a rave-worthy product, you know it's the real deal. Herewith, our editors rattle off their "beauty empties," aka the best beauty products that they can't help but use until the last drop. Read on for their best nail polishes, hair products, skin care products and makeup now.
Before you even ask: No, CBD (short for cannabidiol) will not get you high. It's lacking in the psychoactive effects of its 420-friendly cousin, THC. But some evidence suggests the plant compound found in hemp and marijuana, two varieties of the cannabis plant, may ease pain, anxiety, sleepiness, inflammation, nausea, and, in the right dose from a doctor and in combination with other medicinal compounds found in the cannabis plant, may even treat everything from seizures to withdrawal.
As beauty editors (and self-professed product junkies), nothing gets our adrenaline pumping quite like an impromptu visit to the most mystical of makeup meccas -- Sephora. Hearts racing and hands grabbing, our typical shopping M.O. involves walking through the aisles with childlike abandon and subjecting our limbs to the beautifying mercy of countless products. From lipsticks to perfume to eye cream, we want it all. And while this strategy has proven beneficial for our ever-evolving beauty collection, over time, it's done a serious number on our bank account. (Blame it on our champagne taste.)
In some ways we've come a long way in the body image department, but the sad truth is it's still a major issue for many women. And since summer is the season of skimpy clothes and swimsuits, it can also be a terrifying time for anyone who doesn't have Beyoncé's bod -- or body confidence.
We've never been the kind of gals to go all crazy with the patriotic spirit on July 4. Don't get us wrong, we love this country and what it stands for -- the land where dreams are realized, no matter where you come from. Sounds hokey, but roll with us on this one.
If you're anything like us, there's probably no shortage of hair- and skin-saving products to be found in your medicine cabinet, but the secret to complexion perfection and stellar strands may just be hiding in your kitchen, not your bathroom. Ahead, six natural ingredients -- plus easy, DIY recipes -- that can help solve any and every beauty woe.
There's a reason Queen is in her name, as last night Queen Latifah looked like pure royalty at the 2017 BET Awards with her long, sleek strands and curve-hugging black gown. To get her show-stopping look, Latifah teamed up with Unilever celebrity hairstylist, Ursula Stephen, who says pulling back one side of her hair adds just the right amount of attitude to the gown.