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The Ultimate Beauty Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas is around the corner and the gift-giving anxiety is real. Everyone seems to have everything these days, so finding a good gift (let alone perfect) is a lost art. But don’t worry, we’ve compiled the best gifts for all the beauty girls on your list—even the know-it-all friend that has everything (yea, we hate those types too). Click the next page to get started.

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Kate Sommerville, $38, katesomerville.com

Combat the signs of aging with these intensive exfoliating treatments created to clarify and polish your skin.

Ciate-Tree-Trinkets-Holiday-2013-nail-polish-collectionCiaté Tree Trinkets, $30, sephora.com

Gift Ciaté this year under the tree or on it, with this limited edition gift set. Nestled inside 6 Christmas ornaments are small colorful Paint Pots sure to make a big impression. Gift individually or to gift as a whole set.

red-door-gift-cardRed Door Spa Gift Card, reddoorspas.com

With every $200 gift card purchase, guests receive a complimentary $30 spa card.

 

urban-decay-naked-palette-3Naked 3, $52, urbandecay.com

Try these rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter just in time for your New Years celebrations.

moroccan-oil-candleMoroccan Oil Candle, $52, moroccanoil.com

Handcrafted in France, this signature Moroccanoil scented candle instantly relaxes your mind.

le-couvent-des-minimes-soap-quatroLe Couvent des Minimes Soap Quatro, $22.50 usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

These vegetable based soaps gently cleanse without over drying.

vaselineBejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $45, shopkitson.com

Adorned with fine European crystals, these portable bejeweled Vaseline jars add a little sparkle and pink hue to your lips. The perfect stocking stuffer.

Anthony logistics kitAnthony Logistics Essential Traveler Kit, $48, anthony.com

Is the guy in your life always on the go? Get him a kit filled with Papaya Enzyme Peel; Pro-Collagen Marine Cream; Skin Nourishing Shower Cream; Soothing Apricot Toner; Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, Hand and Nail Cream and Illuminating Flash Balm.

butterfly-shaversButterfly Pro, $105, skullshaver.com

Shave your legs in a quicker, more efficient manner with no water or lather required.

Clarisonic PediClarisonic Pedi, $199, clarisonic.com

Transform overworked heels and toes into beautiful, sandal-ready feet.

 

Sally Hansen Gel Starter KitSally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter kit, $50, sallyhansen.com

Why spend time at nail salons when you can get the same results at home?

Iluminage pillowIluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase, $60 bergdorfgoodman.com

This fiber-infused copper oxide woven pillowcase has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

OPI_Mariah_Carey_holiday_setOPI Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand, $9.95, opi.com

New mini’s that are perfect for holiday travel.

michael-jordan-legend-setMichael Jordan Legend Set, $50, macys.com

Give the guy in your life a scent that’s woodsy and filled with notes of bergamot, lavender and anise.

urban-decayUrban Decay Face Cases, $44, urbandecay.com

In addition to having everything you need for a perfectly beat face, this silver and gunmetal packaging looks gorgeous in a small bag prepped for a night on the town.

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The Sitota Collection’s luxurious home fragrance candles, $55 (Petit Excursion Candle Quartet), thesitotacollection.com

Inspired by her love of travel, these fragrances are reminiscent of a personal journey by founder and music industry vet Yvette Davis Gayle. “My world is a global landscape,” said Gayle. “And like a painter who paints his past, I create luxury products to recall my most precious memories. My luxurious candle fragrances highlight my very personal experiences, including a remarkable journey that led me to my daughter, Sitota.”

cocotiqueCocotique, $20 monthly/$58 for 3 months/$112 for 6 months/$220 for 1 year cocotique.com

Each month, you will receive a Cocotique Box with 5-6 expertly curated beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your door filled with a variety of samples from skin care, hair care, fragrance, nail and lifestyle companies.

touch-up-and-glowPer-fékt Beauty Touch Up & Glow, $55 perfektbeauty.com

Enjoy skin perfection CC creme broad spectrum SPF 30 and cheek perfection gel that will leave your skin with a smooth, airbrushed appearance.

MAC cosmeticsMAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag in Gold, $39.50, maccosmetics.com

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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