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Sun Protection For All Ages and All Shades of Beautiful

  When I grew up in Trinidad, I don’t know how I was able to handle it. I lived in the Caribbean from birth until age 18, and I didn’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. I don’t even remember really wearing sunglasses to protect my eyes until later in life. I don’t remember ever […]

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Check Out My American Icons Style! The Sweet Summer Styles I Found At Macy’s

What IS American style? To me, it’s the quintessence of cool. It’s comfortable and chic. It isn’t necessarily super edgy but every now and then you’ll be surprised. It’s about expressing your personality in a way that looks effortless. It doesn’t literally have to be denim, red, white and blue, but on a day like […]

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Spritz Your Natural Hair With This! 9 Great Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioners for Black Hair!

When it’s so hot that the air is leaching the moisture from my hair, leaving my situation looking frizzy and crispy, I know it’s time to reach for external moisture reserves. My hair loves, needs, wants, craves and absorbs leave-in conditioner sprays in the summer! It can’t be just any old leave-in, either. It needs […]

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3 Easy Summer Beauty Hacks – Stay Cool, Smooth and Beautiful This Season!

Listen. It’s hot outside. When you get ready to face the world, you already know you’re going to emerge sweaty and melty with a side dish of frustrated and over it. But summer isn’t supposed to be about struggle, it’s supposed to be FUN. Your beauty regimen shouldn’t slow you down one bit, and having […]

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Your Helpful Essence Music Festival Guide! Here’s How To ENJOY Your Time In NOLA!

I’ll admit it, just to you. I’m pretty bummed that I won’t be at this year’s Essence Music Festival. I mean, PRINCE. NAS. Janelle Monae. The Roots. Ledisi. This will be SO DOPE. I was even asked to participate, but I had to turn it down — my husband’s family is coming to Chicago for […]

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15 Minutes To Fierce – The IMAN Cosmetics Bronze Goddess Makeover!

I’ve been hearing from quite a few of my readers lately, that makeup is challenging and intimidating. For those of us who aren’t used to wearing makeup on a day to day basis, when we’re presented with an event where we’re expected to wear makeup it can cause anxiety and stress. I’m here to tell […]

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Your Hair Is Thirsty – Essential Natural Hair Moisturizing Tips!

I started noticing a difference as soon as the temperatures started rising into the 80′s. My hair had been behaving so well up to that point, and then frizz started kicking in. I started noticing more tangles and loose single-strand knots. By the time I got back from Las Vegas where the desert heat got […]

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IMAN Cosmetics BB & CC Cremes – The Afrobella Review & How-To!

This post is sponsored by IMAN Cosmetics, but the opinions are all mine! Here are my top concerns in terms of skin and makeup for spring and summer. #1 – Breakouts and hyperpigmentation (I thought this would have stopped by my 30’s, honestly). #2 – appropriate coverage for the above #3 – achieving appropriate coverage […]

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This Is The Final Issue of JET Magazine

If you’re looking to cop a piece of black history for your archives, keep an eye out for the final print issue of JET Magazine, which hit newsstands today, Monday June 9th. This final issue is a tribute to the past 63 years of publication, a dedication to the years that JET was the publication […]

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7 Bold, Bright Lip Glosses to Stunt With This Summer

Hot weather makeup should do a few things. It should last in the heat, and not melt off your face the second you step outside. It should be light and easy to apply and non-transferable (or as non-transferable as possible. Nobody wants to leave a face print behind). And when it comes to lips, your […]

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Team Taylor Townsend! Reasons To Love This New Tennis Superstar

  When I was a teenager, I was sent to tennis lessons. I spent weekend mornings running around and picking up tennis balls, all under the tutelage of an elderly gentleman named Mr. Valentine. Mr. Valentine was a very forthright gentleman and after some time had passed, my parents asked him for his opinion on […]

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Beauty Brand History–Blue Magic. Still Blue. Still Magical.

Beauty Brand History is a new regular series here on Afrobella. We all have the brands we’ve grown up using, the brands we’ve known our whole lives. Here are memories and the true stories behind the beauty brands we love. Think back to the first time you remember having your hair combed. What do you […]