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VV Guide: 10 Best Gift Card Beauty Buys

Did Santa bring you gift cards this Christmas?

Now is the perfect time to peruse the internet for fun ways to spend your gift cards. We've prepared a quick guide to fab beauty buys online.

Vibe Vixen Urban Decay Naked Basics palette1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

If you've been on the fence about giving into the hype about the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette's, allow the Basics palette to be a tester of sorts. The Basics palettes is available at Sephora for $27 which features six shades  (four exclusive shades). Urban Decay's shadows are silky, blend-able and worth every penny. Use these six shadows for a natural look, or pair these colors with the other Naked palette's for a well blended look.

Vibe Vixen Bare Minerals Secrets of Radiance2. bareMinerals Secrets of Radiance Set

If you're familiar with the Bare Escentuals brand, you know their products aren't cheap. Take advantage of this six piece sample set for $39 (valued at $98) at Sephora.

In this set you receive:

- A Mini Flawless Application Face Brush
- 0.15 oz Full-size Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Big Spender
- 0.03 oz Full-size Sweet Peach Radiance All-Over Face Color
- 0.3 oz Full-size Limited-edition Bareminerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Illuminating
- 0.1 oz Full-size Limited-edition Prime Time Primer Shadow in Nude Glow
- 0.16 oz Mini Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
- Bonus Item: Mini Active Cell Renewal Night Serum Deluxe Sample

 Vibe Vixen Lady Gaga Set3. Lady Gaga Fame Holiday Gift Set

Nab a Lady Gaga Fame gift set that was left behind in the holiday rush. For only $45 score this 1.7 oz unique black perfume, temporary tattoo and .34 oz rollerball set (valued at $79).

Vibe Vixen Philosophy Gift Set4. Philosophy Home for the Holiday's Gift set

We know the holidays are over, but keep the Xmas cheer alive with this Christmas scented set. Show some love to your hair, lips and skin with Philosophy's eight piece set. Philosophy prides itself on phthalates and paraben free beauty products. This $72 value is available to you on Sephora for a limited time for $38.

Home for the holidays includes:

4 x 4 oz Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in:
- Sparkling Cranberry
- Have a Cherry Christmas
- Peppermint Bark
- Cinnamon Bun

4 x 0.5 oz High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine in:
- Sparkling Cranberry
- Have a Cherry Christmas
- Peppermint Bark
- Cinnamon Bun

Vibe Vixen Clarisonic Mia5. Clarisonic Cleansing System

If you're looking to put your gift card dollars to work, consider a Clarisonic Mia. The smallest of the revolutionary face brush products, the Mia delivers major cleansing power without irritating scrubbing. At $119, this face brush is the last exfoliating product you will ever buy, and well worth the investment.

 Vibe Vixen VS Sale6. Victoria's Secret Fantasies 7 for $35

Add 7 new fragrances to your repertoire for  $35 by choosing from 15 sexy Victoria's Secrets scents. Choose from: body scrubs, body butter, mists, lotions, eau de parfum and body and hand cream in an array of delicious scents.

Vibe Vixen Victoria's Secret Beauty rush7. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Sale

A girl can never have too many lip-glosses! For less than the cost of a few drugstore glosses, choose 4 Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush lippies for only $20. Beauty Rush glosses have a  yummy berry scent, pack mega shine and impressive staying power.

Vibe Vixen Real techniques brushes8. Real Techniques Brushes

Finding quality brushes for affordable prices is like finding water in the dessert. Luckily Samatha Chapman of Pixiwoo designed a line of great quality brushes for even better prices. Pick up a large powder brush from Ulta for $9.99, or a 5 piece eye brush kit $17.99. Fulfill all of your brush needs at great prices with this brand!

Vibe Vixen Pro Palette9. Lorac Pro Palette

If you were ever weary about buying an eyeshadow palette, than look no further. The Lorac Pro Palette features an unprecedented 16 quality eye shadows for only $42. The top row is all matte shades that are very forgiving on aging eyes, and the bottom row features all shimmery shades that are perfect for a sultrier look. If you purchase from Ulta, expect a mini eye shadow primer to sweeten the deal.

Vibe Vixen NYX lipstick10. NYX Round Lipsticks

The NYX brand is department store quality, at drugstore prices. Expand your lipstick collection for less by investing in NYX round lipsticks available for $3.99 at a buy one get one 50% off sale at Ulta. Comb through dozens of colors and stock up now!

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

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!!!”

Read the full post below.

@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... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— 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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