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6 Tips to Clearer Skin This Summer

black woman with pimpleThere is no doubt that clear skin is a year round goal, but with the combination of heat, sweat, makeup and sunblock it seems almost impossible during the summer. We try so hard to cover up spots of acne rather than treat it properly, it then leads to more breakouts. Try these 6 tips to keep clear blemish free skin this summer!

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Cleansing the skin is essential for attaining and maintaining a clearer complexion. Choose one that contains salicylic acid for best results.

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Cleansing your face with a wash cloth can trap dirt and oil in your pores. Overtime this build-up can damage the appearance of your skin. But Clarisonic uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove makeup 6X better than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier looking skin.

How to Use:

Step 1 (Cleanse & Refine): Cleanse skin once to twice daily with the powerful combination of the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head and Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. Combining dual action brush head motion along with the cleanser, this step uses sonic fluid forces to penetrate deep into the pore to remove set-in debris.

Step 2 (Absorb & Detoxify): Apply the Detoxifying Clay Mask twice weekly to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes, gently remove with the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head. Skin is left feeling fresh, clean and thoroughly detoxified.

Available for $169 at Sephora, Ulta, and Clarisonic.com.

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Removing dead cells allows fresh live cells to surface giving the skin back a healthy glow. Dead cells are so yesterday, and cannot be brought back to life. Dead cells block off the oxygen to the skin, making it dull, and unable to breathe which contributes to more breakouts. Start with a gentle exfoliator for clearer skin.
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To improve your complexion, applying masks are a must-have. They not only soak up all traces of dirt and grease, but they also have deep cleansing and conditioning actions which refresh and soothe troubled skin.

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A great serum is a wonderful bonus to add to your skin care routine especially if you suffer from dry skin. Serums are generally applied following cleanser and are filled with minerals and vitamins that penetrate much deeper into your skin.

Remember: You don't have to use every product every day but find a balance that works for you!

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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