Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream Soothes Redness — Review

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Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream is a light gel-cream moisturizer that eases redness and soothes irritation without being too heavy.

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West Virginia Mail Carrier Admits To Changing Absentee Ballot Requests

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Thomas Cooper, a 47-year-old mail carrier from West Virginia, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of attempted election fraud and one count of injury to the mail after admitting to changing eight primary ballot request forms with black ink, the New York Times reports.

According to the report, Cooper, who held a U.S. Postal Service contract to deliver mail in Onego, Riverton, and Franklin, changed the political party on five of the primary ballot request forms that he tampered with from Democrat to Republican. This would have caused Democratic voters to get ballots with Republican primary candidates.

A clerk spotted the changes and contacted state officials which prompted an investigation. The state attorney general’s office then contacted the voters involved, who resided in the three different towns, who confirmed that the ballot requests had been changed.

The Times notes that, while speaking to investigators, Cooper was asked if he was “just being silly,” to which he said he was, claiming he did it “as a joke.”

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Tamela Mann Shares How She Conquered Her Fear of Acting

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Whenever you get Devon Franklin, Tamela and David Mann together, you should expect a word. And, during their ESSENCE Festival of Culture conversation about the Manns’ role in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play, premiering exclusively on BET+ August 27, they delivered just that. 

With a strong push from Tyler Perry, Franklin noted, Tamela, who has appeared in several of Perry’s other plays and her own TV show, The Browns (with David), is now an actress, a role she once feared.

Because she conquered that fear to be successful doing what she once could never even imagine, Franklin wanted to know how Tamela got out of her own way, as well as have her offer words of wisdom to others still wearing her old shoes. 

“It’s kind of like having faith over fear; it’s like you just have to do it,” she urged. “This is what I would say to myself ‘I want to accomplish this, so, okay, I’m gonna do it afraid.’ Just do it afraid.”

“Simple as that,” David, her husband of over 30 years, co-signed. “Sometimes you just simply have to do it afraid.”

David also shared when Perry inspired him to see beyond what was in front of him. “He challenged us to dream,” he told Franklin. “He literally said to me, you have to dream bigger, and I was like okay, and it caused both of us to dream and think bigger.”

The couple is not only thankful for Perry’s support, but also for him being a pillar of entrepreneurship. “Even for our own company that we’ve started, it’s really been a blessing [in him] giving us instruction,” said Tamela. “And just watching him and seeing what he’s accomplished to give us that push, encouragement that we, as people of color, can own our own business. We can create things for ourselves, and that’s what we must do: create things for ourselves and our viewers.”

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The 21 Best Black-Owned Beauty Products From BLK + GRN — Editor Recs

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With a curated collection created by Black artisans, BLK + GRN’s marketplace has everything needed to complete your skin-care, hair-care, and body-care routines. Shop 21 standouts that help with everything from hyperpigmentation to dry scalp.

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How to Fix Bangs If They’re Too Blunt, Thick, or Crooked — Expert Tips

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Here is how to fix bangs that you cut crookedly, too blunt, too thick, or too short. Hairstylist recommend using hair-cutting shears and a front-tooth comb and using the point-cutting technique to fix most at-home bang-cutting mistakes.

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7 Cocktails From Around The Globe You Can Make For World Rum Day

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As if we needed another reason to celebrate summer with a cocktail in hand, July 11th is World Rum Day — a global celebration of rum and all of its distilleries. What better way to ring in the occasion then taste testing rums from across the globe when we can’t be there to taste them in person? 

Grab your girls (or your guy) and make it a family (socially distanced) affair. From Jamaica to Martinique, here are a few easy rum brands you can support, and then make the cocktails right from the comfort of your home!

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Celebrate Bastille Day At Home Like A Parisian

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Just how Juneteenth marks the day in Texas in 1865 when 250,000 enslaved people were liberated —letting freedom finally ring for all — Bastille Day is a French holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution.

Also known as la fête nationale, July 14th is celebrated each year with parades and fireworks in France in a country-wide celebration, similar to what used to be how we celebrated the 4th of July. And if you’ve ever been in France to mark the occasion, then you already know it’s a moment, and should be experienced by all.

Just like many of us have spent the past several months social distancing outdoors, many French people enjoy picnics outside with loved ones and friends enjoying good drinks and good food while watching fireworks. And while none of us will be hopping on a flight to Paris anytime soon, you can still celebrate in spirit — over lots and lots of French wines, cheeses and baguettes, of course. 

Here are a few ideas for planning your Bastille Day celebration at home.

Taste your way through France’s delicious cheeses.

If only Bastille Day were everyday, so we could enjoy delicious, fatty and delightful French cheeses. And CheesesofEurope.com has plenty of options and recipes for you to splurge for your Bastille Day celebration. Looking for the crème de la crème? Triple crème is the creamiest soft rind cheese on earth. Spread Brillat-Savarin on bread or crackers and enjoy with Champagne during your Bastille themed picnic in the park. Or, try it for a delightful dessert with fresh fruit. Comté on the other hand has an intriguing, complex flavor that can include hints of apricot, chocolate, butter, cream, hazelnuts and toast. Enjoy Comté in cubes, on a sandwich, melted in fondue, or grated and sprinkled on your favorite dishes. Any way you like it, serve Comté with a French dry white or light red wine. While the sharp, nutty, fruity taste of Mimolette also includes sweet hints of butterscotch, its brilliant orange color makes it the focus of any cheese platter. Try Mimolette with a rustic red wine or ale. Or taste test your way through CheesesofEurope.com recipes such as The French Onion, The Money, or Bacon Wrapped Dates with Bleu d’Auvergne

Immerse yourself in French culture.

Explore the richness of French culture from the comfort of your home with a French Institute Alliance Française virtual membership! Stream the best of French cinema, hear from leading French writers, chefs, vintners, and artists, and read French books and magazines online with this virtual ticket to France. If that’s not enough, they also offer online French classes, so when outside finally opens up, you’ll be fluent in no time!

Treat yourself to classic French wines and spirits.

Perhaps the best part of Bastille Day is the celebratory toast. And France has no shortage of options. Straight from Champagne, France, choose from Moët Imperial, Allimant Laugner Alsace Cremant Rose, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, La Chapelle Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sautern, Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008, Krug Rosé, and Ruinart Rosé, or opt for the iconic French 75 cocktail. Regal and steeped in French heritage, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is produced at a magnifique château nestled in Cour-Cheverny in the Loire Valley, located in the Chambord province in France.

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How Simone Biles Achieves Her Olympic Beauty Looks May Surprise You

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Simone Biles isn’t only good at doing backflips and handsprings. The 4-time Olympic gymnast also has commendable makeup skills for someone who rarely wears it. She’s lived most of her life completely barefaced. “No makeup, no nothing,” Biles told Vogue.

For competitions though, the 23-year-old, does her own makeup. “I taught myself,” said Biles.

Before taking the mat, Biles, who is Vogue’s August cover star, preps her skin with a cocktail of SK-II products: a cleanser, sheet mask, and essence. And then she adorns her face in products from Black-owned beauty brands such as Fenty Beauty and Pat McGrath.

“I usually go for a gold look,” Biles explained, as she dusted the gorgeous hue onto her eyelids during a demo on Thursday. “It’s nice on my skin.”

Biles notes that in gymnastics, however, makeup isn’t what’s important.

“Beauty is no competition. For me the importance of beauty in gymnastics does not matter what you look like, it’s what you do on the mat,” said Biles. “Does makeup make me feel better? Yes, but it’s what I do there on the floor that really, really matters.”

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The Best Tinted Lip Balms of 2020 for Hydration and Color — Reviews

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When you want lip color and moisture (and in some cases, SPF), a tinted lip balm is your best bet. Great for no-makeup makeup looks, a swipe of any of these 38 picks will give your lips a hint of saturated color and sheen with the long-wearing comfort of a hydrating lip balm.

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Dr. Jart Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen Makes Me Enjoy Wearing SPF in Indoors — Review

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I’m not the best when it comes to wearing moisturizer with SPF, but the Dr. Jart Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen makes me actually want to wear it. The formula is lightweight and gives off no white cast. Plus, it gives off the most beautiful glow.

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