Shatta Wale Curates 10 Songs You Should Stream Right Now 

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Wo ho te sɛn, ESSENCE Family?I wanted to personally thank you all for making the Mariah The Scientist edition pop in a major way! That piece did so well that we’re evolving the format of ESSENCE’s The Playlist to feature more song selections by your favorite rising and established artists, such as this week’s co-curator, Shatta Wale.

The Ghanaian reggae-dancehall talent from Nima, burst onto the American scene thanks to his show-stealing appearance alongside Beyoncé in Disney’s

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Innisfree Launches an Eco-Friendly Version of Intensive Hydrating Serum — Review

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Korean beauty giant Innisfree just gave one of its most beloved and best-selling products a major eco-friendly update. The packaging of the Intensive Hydrating Serum Paper Edition is now made with 51.8 percent less plastic than the regular Intensive Hydrating Serum, and it’s also jumbo size — aka two times the size. It still packs the same Jeju Island-grown green tea extract and green tea seed oil for a big punch of lightweight hydration that’s perfect for all year weather and all skin types, and Allure’s Sarah Han shares her thoughts on the serum.

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Megan Thee Stallion Drops A Word About True Beauty

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Despite what some might think, Megan Thee Stallion is having a good month. A savage (in the best way) and a fighter, the rapper is currently embarking on big things, never letting a hiccup take her off her path.

This month she’s celebrating a new role as global ambassador for Revlon, as well as the successful debut of “WAP”, the single that has everyone talking that she just dropped with fellow rapper Cardi B.

ESSENCE caught up with the hot girl to talk about her new partnership with the beauty giant, the message she hopes to spread while in the new role, and some of her favorite personal beauty moments.

When you started to embark on your music career did you ever think that partnerships and relationships with a top beauty brand like Revlon would be in the cards?

Honestly, I’ve just been focusing on putting out the best music I can, making sure I’m on top of my game and that I am making my hotties proud but y’all know I love doing my make-up and being able to bring all my worlds together and incorporate everything I love, so working with Revlon is dope. I’ve loved Revlon products for a long time and the brand’s heritage is amazing. They work with people who encourage others to unapologetically live their truth, so it’s only right they called Thee Hot Girl Coach! 

As the global ambassador for the brand what do you want communities around the world to know about beauty?

I want people to know that beauty is internal — everyone is beautiful. And makeup is a fun way to express individuality. 

In the past five years we’ve seen more diversity in the beauty space but we know there’s still so much work to be done. How does this ambassador role with Revlon speak to that?

A big reason I’m in love with Revlon is their history. Did you know they were the first cosmetics company to feature women of color as models in their ads? I’m so excited to be able to continue their work championing real diversity and bringing inspiration to the hotties who look just like me, and those who don’t too.

Megan Thee Stallion for Revlon(Courtesy of Revlon)

You’ve become well known for always having your face beat and your hair done. When you’re just relaxing what beauty products do you go without, and what products do you still have to have?

As much as I love being out here in full face, it’s real important for me to let my skin breathe and go a little more natural. If I’m looking to keep it light, I’ll use a high SPF moisturizer first thing in the morning with a little primer to give myself that glow, then maybe some light liner and clear gloss to keep my eyes and lips poppin’.

What is one of your most savagely dope beauty looks that you’ve worn so far?

I think one of the best things about makeup is that you cantarget=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”makeup artist Alissa Zinnerman (opens in a new tab)”>makeup artist Alissa Zinnerman to  aria-label=”cover of PAPER magazine (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.papermag.com/megan-thee-stallion-2639723905.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1″ target=”_blank”>cover of PAPER magazine and just turning myself into Todoroki really helped me become the character and own that shit. I took the distinctive mark on his face and put my own spin on it, adding a sharp cat eye and some dramatic, glossy lips. Now the hotties have started calling me Todoroki Tina.

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Everything to Know About Vitiligo Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

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Vitiligo is a condition that causes skin discoloration in the form of lightening in patches. Here, dermatologists break down what to know about the symptoms, potential causes and complications, and treatment options for vitiligo.

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Sephora Collection Launches Its First Clean Makeup Line — Review

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Sephora Collection is launching SClean, its first collection of clean makeup products. The collection, available from Sephora starting August 14, features foundation, lip oil, lip mousse, and an eye shadow palette, all under $20.

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BeautyBio’s New Cryotherapy Facial Roller – Review

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New in the growing facial roller category is BeautyBio’s cryotherapy roller. It helps sculpt the face, aids in lymphatic drainage and soothes muscle soreness. Here’s one Allure editor’s review.

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Black Beauty Experts Share Fall Hair and Makeup Ideas

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Allure collaborated with a team of Black creatives and pros to celebrate our beauty in all forms: past, present, and future. Expect duochrome eye makeup, sky-scraping Afros, gold chainmail, and more.

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7 Best At-Home Gel Nail Kits of 2020 — DIY Gel Manicure Tips

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These are the best at-home gel nail kits, according to nail artists, manicurists, and beauty editors. Nail artists Tom Bachik and Gina Edwards reveal how to pick the best gel manicure set for your needs, budget, and skill level.

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Oprah Winfrey And Angela Bassett Cast In HBO’s ‘Between the World and Me’

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HBO isn’t playing around with their upcoming adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bestselling letter to his son, Between the World and Me. They’ve just cast Black Hollywood’s elite to portray what it’s like to live in a Black body.

The cast includes SAG Foundation president Courtney B. Vance, Golden Globe Award-winner Angela Bassett, Emmy Award-winner Oprah Winfrey along with Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Joe Morton, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, according to Variety.

The special, which was originally adapted by New York City’s Apollo Theater in 2018, will include some elements from that production along with readings from Coates book. Animation, archival footage and even documentary footage from the actors’ lives will also be peppered in. Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes will again direct.

Between the World and Me was written as if Coates was writing a letter to his teen son. It spoke about the author’s life, growing up in Baltimore, fearing for his life and how white supremacy permeates everyday life.

It premieres this fall.

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Gabrielle Union Talks About What It Means To Be Flawless And Her Journey To Healthy Hair

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On Wednesday, during her inaugural “Flawless Talks” virtual series, Gabrielle Union explained what it means to be flawless.

To Union, the term typically used to describe perfect hair and makeup has nothing to do with how you look and everything to do with how you feel. “There is no such thing as flawless. That’s fool’s gold,” she said.

“If you would have asked the 25-year-old me, I would have given you a version of flawless that looks nothing like me, that I could never be. Because flawless was something outside of myself. It was the carrot I was chasing after but losing myself in the process, and losing my hair along the way,” she said.

And now at the age of 47, the actress has a new perspective.“Today, for me it’s about being on the journey of being flawless of spirit and flawless of soul,” she said. And to arrive, sometimes you have to start over, even with your hair. Union, who has been open about her hair struggles, said to make it healthy, she had to cut it off.

“Healthy hair for me is flawless,” said Union. “It doesn’t matter what you do with it. It’s healthy. And I didn’t have healthy hair. I had to cut it all off to start over.” And now her curls are full and flourishing thanks to her big chop and her hair care line, of course.

During the conversation, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union Larry Sims shared that the brand’s Repairing Deep Conditioning Hair Masque and Detangling Leave-in Hair Conditioner is what really helped Union grow her hair out.

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