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VV Guide to Mascaras

There aren't many products that can instantly transform your look from tired to awake, but mascara gets the job done every time. Everyday we are bombarded with mascara ads that promise to volumize, lengthen and separate, but with all the choices, how is a girl to choose? Allow this guide to help you the navigate the vast world of mascaras.

The first thing to keep in mind is mascara's come in many brush types that achieve different looks.

Mascara Large Bristle BrushBristle brush: Use a bristle brush to get a volumized look. Bristles help wrap each eyelash in the mascara formula, giving you a full and dramatic effect. If you don't feel like gluing on a pair of falsies, opt for this kind of brush. If your lashes are short you might find it difficult to work with larger brushes. Bristle brushes can be small like Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara or large like Mac's Opulash mascara.


Comb Mascara Clinque High LengthsComb brush: If you have long, short, sparse or unruly lashes, a plastic comb brush will help deliver definition and length. Keep in mind that the combs are made of plastic that doesn't absorb the product, so you may have to wipe off the wand before wiggling it through your lashes. Clinique's High Lengths Mascara is a curved comb which promises to coat each lash.


Covergirl Lashblast Rubber WandRubber brush: Rubber brushes are a good alternative to bristle brushes if you want a clump-free, volumized look. The rubber brushes are flexible, which may not deliver the curl you want, as bristle brushes are stiffer and wont bend to your eye shape. Try Covergirl Lash Blast.



Givenchy spherical brush MascaraSpherical brush: If you like the definition a comb brush achieves, and the clump-free qualities of a rubber brush, try a spherical brush. Don't be intimidated by the spiky ball, a spherical brush can bring out short lashes, but be prepared to spend more time on your lashes with this brush since it's so small. Give Givenchy's Phenom' Eyes a try.


 Mascara SmearFormula

Mascara wands are half the battle when it comes to a quality mascara, consider what the formula is made of. If you're looking for a long-wearing formula, choose an oil-based waterproof mascara. If you're looking for a daytime mascara choose an easy to remove water-based formula.

Colored MascaraColors

If you get bored easily, colored mascara could add vibrancy to your look.

For a subtle day-time look, reach for a black/brown. For a more dramatic look, grab a black mascara. If you're feeling particularly daring, go for a carbon black mascara.

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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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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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