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Skincare Tips From New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week came and went as quick as the snow on the ground. We had backstage access to some of the hottest runways, including Betsey Johnson, Laquan Smith and Tracy Reese. While makeup, hair and nails completed the look, skincare products layed the foundation. Those working the Lela Rose show were lucky enough to have Arcona Los Angeles there to help. Arcona representative Allison Marks was nice enough to stop in the midst of fashion chaos to share a few tips on corrective skincare.

Vibe Vixen: What is one type of skin product every girl should have?
Allison Marks:I think every girl should have a really good cleanser because you want to get all the dirt, oil, make-up and debris off. Also, sunscreen is the number one anti-ager. Even when it's pouring rain outside, 80% of the sun rays still come through. Cleanse the skin, hydrate the skin and protect the skin.

VV: What's the number one mistake girls make when it comes to their skin?
AM: Using products that are incorrect for their skin. Often times, you see someone who will go to a department store counter and say "Oh, my skin feels dry" when what they really need is water versus oil. So sometimes, that's why skincare products will make you breakout because you're bringing oil into the skin instead of water. I think it's important that you go to a skincare professional that really knows skin and can treat the conditions that you have. One of the best things you can do in the winter is exfoliate your skin. Often times, it feels very dry and what we're doing is putting moisturizer on and you're literally sticking down dry, dead skin cells and a hydrator can't penetrate through it. It's really important to polish off that layer of dead skin.

VV: Now that we've talked about dry skin, what can we do about oily skin?
AM: You definitely want to hydrate oily skin. It's so important because if you don't, your skin will clog and produce more oil. It's about finding the right product. If you're oily, use the oil-free products.

VV: What are some foods and drinks Vixens can use to combat bad skin?
AM: Drinking water is always important. You can actually feed the skin cells more readily if you eat foods with water like watermelon, cucumbers, oranges- they're filled with water. Caffeine is really dehydrating. Avoid coffee or any kind of alcohol—if you can avoid those things or have them in moderation—that's one of the best things you can do. That's also where these topical, antioxidant type of products come into play.  So if you're not eating perfectly or you're busy, you can support your skin, almost like a multivitamin.

arcona skin careCheck out our favorite Arcona products below:

Cleanse: Berry Fruit Bar, $38

This antioxidant facial cleanser will rebuild, nourish and strengthen skin with raspberry and cranberry extracts rich in Vitamin C.

Hydrate: Magic White Ice, $38
This daily hydrating gel will moisturize the skin without clogging pores.
Protect: Reozone 20, $25
This daily sunscreen protects the face and body from harmful UVA/UVB sun rays. The non-greasy and light texture won't clog the skin and vitamin E will protect from future damage.

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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...

— 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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