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Joanna Miller is used to the beauty industry’s lack of attention to her skin tone. From a peach-tone sample serving as a “universal” color, to the staff at beauty retailers having little knowledge about choosing shades for black skin, Miller said having difficulty finding makeup is pretty typical. “I was in a friend’s wedding, and the makeup artist didn’t have any products for someone with as dark a skin tone as me,” Miller, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, said. Read More
Seventeen year-old Samira Omar suffered terrible burns to her head and shoulders in a bullying incident while at school in the United Kingdom. She was afraid that she would never heal, but after returning to Canada, came across a cosmetic tattoo expert named Basma Hameed, who changed her entire outlook on healing. Hameed suffered horrible burns herself at the age of 3,  and since then has learned and mastered the art of covering them up. Read More
Ye Olde Beauty Before BB cream and lip balm, women in olden times used some, uh, creative products in their beauty routines, including squashed bugs, lead powder, crocodile dung, and arsenic. The cosmetics industry has come a long way, but there are some ingredients from way-back-when that’ve stood the test of time and are still available to slather all over yourself: Donkey’s Milk: Cleopatra bathed in ass’ milk in an attempt to reduce wrinkles, and it’s contained in creams sold across Europe today. Read More
“The weird thing is,” says Dame Helen Mirren, “you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. And then you’re older and it’s ironic.” According to The Guardian, in five years time half of all women will be over fifty years old and the cosmetics industry is not taking any chances losing touch with their consumers. Read More
Grace Choi wants you to have makeup that grows up with you, that you design and create yourself. It's like having your own personal M.A.C. boutique right in your bedroom. In the video of her demo at TechCrunch Disrupt, she's flippant, wise, savvy, speaking off the cuff--basically, the kind of woman you'd buy makeup from.  I can imagine myself hobbling away from her makeup counter with an armful of product, but remember this is the 21st century: at the end of this sales pitch, you'll be walking away with her $300 compact printer. Read More
I’m completely obsessed with female villains. In fact, when The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) slapped the little boy in the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, I actually started laughing and clapping in the theater. But my obsession all started with the original bad ass bitches of Disney. Let’s face it--they were so much more interesting than those stupid, singing princesses. They were also wayyy more dark and sinister than many of their male counterparts (like Jafar or Gaston, for instance). Read More
When you hear the phrase 'healing herbs' you probably picture a jungle in the Amazon or a mountainside in China. But did you know that there are beneficial plants growing right here in New York?  Herbalist Irina Adams of Phoenix Botanicals uses locally sourced, wild, and organic herbs in her line of  moisturizing balms. Each balm combines these herbs with a blend of  organic shea nut butter and olive oil to quench thirsty skin. Read More