10 Celebrities with Beautiful Natural Hair


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Celebrities sometimes get a bad rep when it comes to beauty and hair care, as most believe that they wear weaves 24/7 or they don’t take care of their natural hair.

But there are female celebrities who rock their natural hair proudly, here are 10 of my favorites:

1. Solange

Solange has been giving my natural hair goals since her big chop in 2009. She became the inspiration for many to start their hair journey fearlessly, even with people making fun of her choice.

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2. Viola Davis

After seeing Viola Davis rock her natural hair at the 2012 Oscars, I was in love! She was simply glowing with beauty and her natural hair was a gorgeous compliment.

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3. Uzu Aduba

Uzu Aduba is well known for her role in Orange is the New Black, honestly I’ve never seen it (get mad at me later lol). But I did see her grace the stage in the Live Wizard of Oz and she was absolutely stunning!

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4. Issa Rae

I have been rocking with Issa Rae since her “Awkward Black Girl” days, then fell back in love with her black girl magic in her HBO series “Insecure.” I loved how her natural hair was styled in each episode and how they didn’t shy away from displaying it in all of it’s glory.

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Yara Shahidi

Well known for her role in the hit series “Blackish” Yara’s character, Zoey, can be seen wearing her hair in natural styles. Plus she rocks her beautiful curly fro on the red carpet + flaunts it on her Instagram #HairGoals

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Tracee Elis Ross

Tracee is also a co-star with Yara on Blackish. But she became one of my favorite actors during the GOAT television shows “Girlfriends” where her curly fro was always in it’s glory.

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Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson’s hair started making a buzz when she first appeared as the adorable Zuri on the Disney Channel Show “Jessie.” As we watched her grow up, her hair reached major length and I’m still in awe of this beauty! I also appreciate how her mom kept her natural hair, even though she went on a national television show.

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Yaya Dacosta

I remember rooting for Yaya during the season 3 episode of America’s Next Top Model. She ended up becoming the runner up, but she was always a winner in my eyes! Especially with her gorgeous, thick fro that has always been an inspiration to me.

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SZA (Solana Rowe)

SZA is a popular singer-songwriter that I fell in love with after hearing her featured on Wale’s – The Need to Know track. After searching the interwebs for who she was, I was an awe when I discovered her natural hair! Another one of my #HairGoals and #HairCrush

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Justine Skye

Another popular singer-songwriter (and model!) made popular by her signature purple natural hair. I was led to her by her song Collide featuring Tyga years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites!

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Do you have any favorite Celebrity Hair Crushes? Let me know in the comments!

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Fun Hair Colors To Try on Natural Hair with NO BLEACH


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I always get questions about my hair color by ladies (and gents) who wish to explore the magical world of dyed natural hair, but are afraid of bleach.

Personally, I think that if you wan’t vibrant hair that lasts a while, you will have to pre-lighten it.

However there are some bomb hair color options you can try that don’t involve bleach. Like at all!

Here are three ways to sprinkle color into your life (or hair lol) without ever needing to hear of bleach (you can thank me later 😉 )

Vibrant Eye Shadows

This one is super fun, simple, and easy to wash out. Use your favorite rich eyeshadow pigments to add streaks of color, or all-over high/low-lights. This can be achieved by rubbing eyeshadows on hair that has a little product in it, so the shadow sticks. This is super easy to remove (i.e. can rub off on EVERYTHING) but the results are beautiful. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on this method:

 

Liquid Hair Chalks

There are a few brands of liquid chalks out there, but I personally used the Garnier Color Styler in the shade Purple Mania and fell in love with the results! The color lasts longer than the eyeshadow method, and even stayed on a little after washing. One con to these products is that they can make your hair feel hard at first (they use waxes + clays) but the color payoff is amazing. It almost looked like I dyed my hair this purple color!

(FIND OUT HOW I USED THE HAIR CHALK HERE)

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Hair Spray Paint

Like the liquid hair chalks, there are numerous “spray colors” around. The most popular is Jerome Russel BWild hair colors. I of course could not find it at my beauty barber supply store, instead they had the Jerome Russel Temp’ry hair color sprays which still did the trick. The only thing about these is that they really mimic spray paint, so you have to have a method when spraying it on. Not to close to your hair, and in downward motions to get it as even as possible. I tried pink, but I was inspired by the purple shade in MyRayeRaye’s hair dying video:

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Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Ok, so I added this as a bonus because, generally speaking, you do have to lighten your hair to a certain degree to display a semi permanent hair color. However, there are many people who enjoy the low-lights that can be seen in the hair while using semi permanent hair dyes on their natural hair. Some of my favorite brands are Manic Panic, Adore, and Sparkles. **Note that richer colors (Red, Blue, Purple) will likely show up more. Any type of neon or pastels won’t work, without your hair being pre-lightned.

I actually did this years ago before using bleach on my hair and got some great results, but her are some awesome results from using semi perm. colors on unbleached natural hair:

This is me YEARS ago lol I’m embarassed and proud, it’s my most watched vid!

 

Have you tried any of these methods before? Was it a fail or success? Let me know in the comments!

Dashiki Lookbook | How to Style and Where to Buy Dashiki’s


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History of the Dashiki:

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The Dashiki is a long, colorful tunic featuring reach designs and fun patterns. It originates from West Africa, most often worn by men, as it was worn to cover the entire chest offer protection for the sun and heat, very important with the West African climate!

It was then used in the 1960’s to represent black beauty and a tie to African heritage. Now the Dashiki’s have been returning in all of their glory to the wardrobes of many people of color to represent their love for African culture.

How to Style a Dashiki:

Dashiki’s can be worn a few ways, with it being a long tunic-like shirt, a dashiki can be worn as a dress (with shorts underneath), or a regular shirt. I like to pair mine with either leggings, or skinny jeans. But wearing them with shorts or capris are also another option.

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Where to Buy a Dashiki:

You can find a range of colors and patterns at my online boutique Urban Prestige ranging from $25-35 and multiple colors!

Have you worn a Dashiki before? Would you wear one? Let me know in the comments!

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Maintaining my Straightened Natural Hair


 

This past Tuesday I tried something new and straightened my hair. It’s been over 3 years since I’ve applied heat to my hair so I was scared and excited!

Heat Damage in the Past

My last flat iron experience left my hair damaged, brittle, and dry. So I made sure to only use heat twice: once for blow drying, and another for the flat iron. I used to apply as much heat as possible to get my hair straight, but not this time! Heat damage is the devil lol so Im trying to avoid that at all costs!

 

Protecting Hair at Night

At night I sleep with my hair in two braids, on on each side. If I want a curly look, I’ll put four bantu knots in my hair. Two in the front, and two in the back. Doing this helps me avoid using extra heat to curl my hair!

I use my satin bonnet or sleep on my satin pillow case to avoid frizzy hair caused by static electricity (hair rubbing on cotton).

I so love my results! My hair feels healthier and is so bouncy and soft.

Do you use heat in your hair? 

Let me know in the comments! 

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Serena Williams Instagram Goes Crazy after Photo


 

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The amazing Serena Williams has been slaying in sports and beauty this year, and I’m glad she’s getting the recognition she deserves.

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gathered from Serena Williams Instagram

Her physique has always been on point and is truly body goals!  Just recently she posted a photo on her Instagram showing how to slay without even trying. Yas Ms Willams yasss!!

What do you think about the photo?

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Bantu Knots Style on Natural Hair Lookbook


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I recently dyed my hair red (check out Blog Post Here) and got the courage to be more creative with my styling. I’ve always seen the bantu knot style  on natural hair being done on Instagram and Facebook so I thought I would give it a shot!

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I posted my after shot on my instagram page (@thatclassyafrochic make sure to follow 🙂 ) and received a ton of likes, so I thought I would share some more of the photos and my method of installing bantu knots!

Here are some of the photos I took after completing the style:

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I did bantu knots with rubberbands to achieve a tighter look at the roots. This also helped when trying to shape the knots as they weren’t too loose. My hair was twisted and I used hair pins to secure the bantu knots. I was aiming for a bantu knot “bun” look so I twisted my hair loosely and wrapped it around to make the knot.

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(Pearl Earrings Find them Here    Wool Hat Find it Here)

I started in the front of my hair, I wanted the parts to have a triangular/diamond shape to them to compliment my face. I then used gel (only in the front!) to have a sleeker look. The parting is what took the most time when doing these bantu knots, however the outcome is perfect!

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(Pearl Earrings Find them Here     Beanie/Neck Warmer Find it Here)

The only downfall for using bantu knots as a protective style is having them unravel, and since I did my bantu knots on the looser side, they started unravelling after the first night.

Now to answer some questions you all might have:

How to do bantu knots on my hair?

I went on Youtube and looked at different methods and how people would style them. I choose to style my bantu knots with rubber bands, however you don’t need rubber bands to complete the style. It depends on the look you’re going for and how small/large or tight/loose you want the bantu knots to be.

Why are my bantu knots frizzy?

My bantu knots are “frizzy” because I did not wrap them tightly, I also didn’t twist them super tight as I was going for the frizzy/puffy look (they look awesome this way!).

Are bantu knots supposed to be tight?

Bantu knots should be tight if you’re looking to wear them for a couple of days. If you are using bantu knots to get curls, I would wrap them tighter so the curl can be more defined.

Are bantu knots a protective style?

Yes, although the bantu knots took a while to install (it was my first time lol) it was super easy to do. My ends were protected for three days and there wasn’t any major pulling on my scalp.

How to remove bantu knots?

I simply removed my hair pins, unravelled the twists, and took the rubber bands out by either breaking them (not the best method I know) or sliding them off.

Are bantu knots professional?

Bantu knots are a very bold and unique look, I think they can be professional depending on the career/job. Me being shy, I didn’t wear this style to class but I had fun wearing them on the weekend!

What other questions do you have? Would you wear this style?

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Coloring My Natural Hair: Copper Brown and Raspberry Twist by Adore


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With school starting I always feel the need to spice up my style by coloring my hair. Lately, I have been letting my hair grow out so I had about 9 inches of virgin hair that I have been excited to color! I revisited my staple hair color, red, but this time I wanted to have a copper-y raspberry tint to my hair instead of the cherry red I usually go for.

Here is my journey of color! I would like to say that all product were purchased with my own money and I spent around 4 hours doing this process, as I was trying my hardest to prevent damage. So, Let’s begin…

Getting Out My Tools

To prepare for coloring my hair, I laid out everything that I needed for this job! Along with the items in the pictures, I also had the items listed below:

  1. Hair Color: I had Copper Brown and Raspeberry Twist by Adore
  2. Coloring Bowl and Applicator Brush: For easy application of bleach and hair dye
  3. Shea Butter: I didn’t have petroleum jelly, so I used this instead
  4. Disposable Gloves and Shower caps: I used different gloves for bleaching, coloring, and dying my hair. I also used about 4 shower caps, as I needed two for bleach and 2 for coloring.
  5. Rubber Bands and Wide Tooth Comb: Used to detangle and separate hair for process
  6. Bleach: Purchased from Sally’s (a while ago), this is super strength
  7. Developer: I used 10 vol, which processes slow, but I found that this level protects my hair from getting damaged too soon.
  8. Ion Repair System: a protein and deep conditioner of which I should have purchased 2 lol.
  9. Old Shirt: I used my handy dandy bleach shirt which I use every time I color my hair
  10. Dark towel/shirt: I personally use an dark t-shirt to dry my hair, but a dark towel is acceptable.
  11. Blow Dryer: This will be needed to process hair color and the Ion protein treatment
  12. Cheap Conditioner: Used to mix in with hair color (crème of nature)
  13. Leave In conditioner: what I used to twist my hair

On to preparing my hair for color! ❤

Prepping My Hair For Color

I started off with a 3 day old twist out that had a little bit of shea butter on the ends, from when I first twisted my hair. I detangled with the wide tooth comb, making sure to get all of the tangles and shed hair out before applying bleach. Likewise, I triedd a new method of separating my hair that I saw on YouTube (I should have known better, keep reading to find out why *face palm*) that involved twisting my hair at the roots and then using a rubber band to prevent me from putting bleach near my roots. I then proceeded to twist the hair to keep it stretched.

Applying the Bleach

I am not a professional cosmetologist nor do I have a license in coloring hair, I do have over 5 years of experience bleaching my hair to get the results that I want. With that being said, I used 2.5 scoops of the super strength bleaching powder mixed with enough of the 10 vol. developer to get a smooth consistency. I applied the bleach to the front first, focusing on the middle up, since I had pre-lightened ends in the front. Then I proceeded to apply the bleach in the back. Then I applied two shower caps, since my hair is super thick. I allowed the front to process for 30 mins, while the back processed for about 26 mins. During the last 5 minutes of letting the bleach process, I applied the bleach to the ends in the front, so they could lighten a bit more.

Mixing the Color

To get the color that I wanted, I mixed equal parts 1:1 of the Copper Brown and Raspberry Twist with a little bit of the crème of nature conditioner so that it would have a thicker consistency. I love Adore hair colors, but they are liquidy, so adding the conditioner really helps!

Rinsing Out The Color

So while applying the bleach and color, I left the rubber bands in, so the application would be easier. However, in doing so, there are spots that did not get any color at all! Next time, I will remove the rubber bands after applying the bleach, so I can ensure the color is added everywhere. But oh well, you live and you learn, right?

Keeping Hair Strong and Healthy

After apllying the color, I used the Ion Repair system. The pack came with both the protein and the deep conditioner, even though I used 1 and should have used 2, I have just enough to cover my hair and allow the protein and deep conditioner to saturate my hair. This stuff smells awesome and I noticed my hair feeling strong yet soft at the same time! I will be using this again.

Styling and Results

I don’t usually use heat in my hair, especially after using bleach, so I used my Eden Body Works Coconut Leave-in Conditioner to do a twist-out. I had about 16 twists in my head (8 in the front, 8 in the back) as I was going for a big hair look. The pictures below were shot in different lights so the dimension of the hair color could be shown! I’m so in love with my new hair color ❤

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5 Black Owned Home Decor Brands You Should Know


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Being a BOB (black owned business) myself, I always feel honored to have the chance to shout out any amazing companies that I come across. Below, I have listed 5 companies from WeBuyBlack.com which happens to be a marketplace for hundreds of black owned business! These companies specialize in making your home look, feel, and smell beautiful. Visit there sites on the WeBuyBlack.com platform and let me know what you think 😉

Luxury Orange Furniture Set

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Decorate your living room, or bedroom with this Luxury design featuring a rich orange color. The furniture is designed by Design Life Style (DLS) and their page on WeBuyBlack can be found here.

(10 BLACK OWNED COSMETIC BRANDS YOU SHOULD KNOW)

Candles To Set The Mood

I just love candles! They can take your room from 0 to 100 real quick, and spice up your life for the night. These fabulous candles come in amazing scents like Birthday Sex and Nubian Lovers. Ebonessence is the designer of the luxurious fragrances, and her shop can be found here.

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Wax Print Mirrors 

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“Reflektion Design is a home accessories brand for the culturally inspired. “These mirrors come in many different Ankara patterns that are simply gorgeous. Made by Reflektion Design, The pillows can be found here.

All Things Pillows

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If your a fanatic for cute pillows, this All Things Pillows is the company for you! Many of the designs feature popular black icons such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Dorothy Dandrige, and so much more. Their fabulous designs can be found here.

Vintage Home Décor

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Oh So Fancy Holmes Décor features a vast collection of home décor items that capture a vintage, homey feel. From curtains, throws, comforter sets, dishes, and clocks, this is a one stop shop for all your decoration needs. You can find this boutique here.

What are your favorite things to get for decorating your house? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 5 Reasons Why Jumpsuits and Rompers are Winning


Here are the top 5 reasons why Jumpsuits and Rompers are a fashionistas best friend!

1. Super Comfy

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Stretchy fabrics with room to spare? yes please!

2. Compliments Curvy Figures

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Most Jumpsuits and Rompers feature a cinched wait to compliment curvy figures. Win Win!

3. Less Time To Get Ready

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Simply put on and accessories! No need to match a top with a bottom. 😉

4. Easy to Style

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Find your favorite shoes + accessories, style up you hair and your done!

5. Dress Up or Down

Romper and Jumpsuits can be taken from Party Chic to Class and Professional. So many options to choose from!

What are the reasons you like to wear rompers and jumpers? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Black Owned Cosmetic Brands You Should Know


This list was brought to you by http://www.urbanprestigeclothing.com in an effort to shine light on some other black owned businesses! Although we are sharing their sites, we do not have any say or control over any purchasing, shipping & handling, or any other issues that may arise.

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1.       Jay-Jill Cosmetics by Jill St. Williams

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(Website: www.jay-jillcosmwtics.com ; Facebook: www.facebook.com/JayJillCosmetics ) Fully stocked with bronzer, pigmented eyeshadows,  and makeup kits. This cosmetics brand also specializes in Special Effects and theatrical makeup, mineral makeup, and pigmented lip colors.

 

2.       Moni B Cosmetics

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(Website: http://monibcosmetics.com/about-moni/   Facebook: www.facebook.com/MoniBCosmetics  Instagram: www.instagram.com/MonibCosmetics ) taken from their official website ” Moni B. Cosmetics, LLC is based in Raleigh NC and features 12 exciting lip-glosses and 10 bold lip colors. In the fall of 2016, Moni B cosmetics will be a full makeup line offering eyeshadow, blush, foundation, powders, makeup brushes and so much more! Their makeup can be found at the locations found on their website.

 

3.       Eleven08 cosmetics

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(Website: http://www.eleven08cosmetics.com/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eleven08cosmetics/ ) “Eleven08 is a full cosmetics line, hypoallergenic and paraben free! Featuring products like signature matte lipsticks, full coverage concealer, and luxury foundation stick.

 

4.        Pop

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(Website: http://popblvd.com/the_beautiful.htm   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/POPflair) If you are looking for super fun lipsticks to add to your makeup collection, then this is the site for you!

 

5.       Forever Regal Cosmetics

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(Website: http://www.foreverregal.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foreverregal/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foreverregal/ ) “-“ LLC was founded to appreciate and celebrate the beauty of black women. They also have an affiliate program for all you makeup lovers that are looking to make extra cash for your passion of beauty 😉

 

6.       Unique Elegance

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(website: http://www.uniqueelegance4u.com/storepage3646428.aspx  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uniqueelegance4u/  ) quality lipsticks, eyeshadows, and hair products at affordable prices! This web store even offers the opportunity for brands to create their own products using their private label program.

 

7.       Let’s Kiss and Makeup

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(Website: http://letskissandmakeup.bigcartel.com Facebook: https://www.instagram.com/letskissandmakeupinc_supamom/ ) from pigmented lip creams and professional lip brushes, this is another online site that is great when looking for more additions to your lippie collection.

 

8.       Posh Gurl Brand

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(Website: http://www.poshgurlnyc.com/ ) Posh Gurl Brand has a full line of makeup from lips, to eyes, to a contoured face! Posh Gurl also offers their customers access to a membership plan that includes special perks like discounts and free gifts.

 

9.       Celfie Cosmetics

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(Website: http://celfiecosmetics.com/about-us/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celfiecosmetics  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celfiecosmetics/  ) an up and coming celebrity brand that features pigmented lip colors, eyelashes, and nail polishes. Their motto “[Celfie Cosmetics] empowers people everywhere through the magic of makeup and expression”

 

10.   The College Girl by Lachina B

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Saving the best for last, this makeup and empowerment brand is all about supporting the beauty of women on the inside and out. Complete with lipsticks, accessories, shirts, and a youtube channel, this brand is on to do great things. (website: http://www.thecollegegirlbylachinab.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecollegegirl/ )

Which is your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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