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5 Culprits of Bad Skin

The holiday season is here, which means family is coming over and pictures will be snapped. Nothing is worse than being embarrassed about your skin during a photo op. Get ahead of the problem with these 5 tips.


vibe-vixen-dirty-makeup-brushesDirty Makeup Brushes.

How many times have you said to yourself "I'll clean my brushes tonight" and then never get to it? Unfortunately for the procrastinators, soiled makeup brushes are a big cause of breakouts. The bacteria your brushes collect from daily use is dangerous for your delicate skin.

Break the cycle:

After every few uses, swirl your makeup brushes in rubbing alcohol. The alcohol kills bacteria and also gets the white tips of brushes back to their pristine state. Also, remember to deep clean brushes and sponges with baby shampoo or a bottled brush cleaner every week. Lay brushes flat to dry and allow them to dry completely (ideally overnight) before you use them again.


Skipping primer and moisturizers.

Most women are in a rush to get their makeup done. But we need to pause for a second and take time to slick on some primer before dabbing on the oil-based foundation. Primer not only provides a smooth surface to lay the foundation on, but it also acts as a barrier between your skin and the makeup. You'll find you need to apply less of your makeup because oil won't seep through the foundation so quickly; therefore, saving your skin from a breakout and saving a couple of dollars.

Break the cycle: Before foundation and concealer, dab on a silicone based primer to your skin and let it sink in. There are great high-end as well as drugstore primers.


Cell Phones

Using your cell phone may seem harmless, but have you stopped to consider all of the places you've ventured to with your cell phone in hand? We often run to our hand sanitizer after a long train ride, and always wash up after a trip to the powder room but rarely do we sanitize the very thing we carry around all day. All of those hours of what we thought was harmless chat were actually a chance for the germs to party on our skin.

Break the cycle: Carry around wipes with you and show your phone some love throughout the day, take a second to wipe it down. Out of wipes? Use a handsfree headset to talk on the phone until you can track down some sanitizer.


Hair Products

Our hair is our crown and glory, but what if what we're putting in it is jeopardizing our skin? Women of color tend to be burdened with the responsibility of moisturizing our tresses often. All of those oils and gels may make their way onto our skin and cause a breakout (or two), especially around the hairline.

Break the cycle: Get into the habit of washing your face after you've perfected your 'do. After you've got a clean canvas then you can proceed to make up your face.

Suffering from the dreaded "bacne"? Try rinsing the conditioner out of your hair before you wash your body. We tend to let the conditioner hang out in our hair until we shut the water off, but conditioner residue can invade your pores after you rinse.



Who would have thought crashing into your pillow night after night could be doing any harm? Unfortunately, our pillowcases are an afterthought in our skin care routine. All of our hair products and makeup transfer into the very thing we rub our faces on every night.

Break the cycle: Make a commitment to change out your pillowcases more often. To keep pillows clean between uses, make sure to remove makeup before bed, even if it's with just a makeup wipe. For added benefits try out a satin pillowcase. The soft surface will be kind to your skin and your hair. Who doesn't want that?


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Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late...

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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