Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Can Lupita Change The Game For Dark-Skinned Girls?

Can Lupita Change The Game For Dark-Skinned Girls?

Earlier this month, Lupita Nyong’o became the new face of Lancome … and the Internet exploded.

The award season darling had linked up with the legendary beauty brand. Lancome is a company that promotes diversity. They continuously have models of different shades in their ads and skincare products that cover all skin tones. And someone with such a lovely brown shade of skin like Lupita deserves to be an ambassador for a place that celebrates differences.

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Photo: Lancome

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Awesome Foundations for Dark-Skinned Girls

5 Awesome Foundations for Dark-Skinned GirlsIf you're like me, the first time you ever encountered foundation, you furrowed your brows in confusion. You see, trying to find the perfect foundation as a dark-skinned woman is exhausting. (And, honestly, a little frustrating.) There are far too many formulas on the market that don't go beyond a golden shade of tan.

The week before my senior prom, I decided to purchase the Bare Escentuals mineral makeup starter kit (AKA the lazy girl's way to put on makeup) after a short consultation in Sephora. I instantly fell in love with how easy it was to apply, and also how flawless my skin looked. Fast forward to seven years later, and I'm still using the same product!

To help you find your foundation soulmate, we enlisted the help of three makeup gurus. In the following slides, you'll find beauty wisdom from Mylah Morales (Rihanna's beauty guru), Romero Jennings (director of makeup artistry, M.A.C. Cosmetics), Sam Fine (COVERGIRL beauty ambassador), and Nick Barose (Lupita Nyong'o's red carpet mainstay). Click through to find out exactly how to achieve flawlessness.

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Photo: Rob Latorre

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's Girls' Night, and These Are the Chick Flicks You Need to Be Watching

It's Girls' Night, and These Are the Chick Flicks You Need to Be WatchingAfter what's sure to be the longest week in history, a Friday night movie marathon—complete with a pile of blankets, an overflowing bowl of popcorn, and all your best friends—is the only answer. Just one problem? Choosing what to watch. When there are literally thousands of ready-to-stream films and a seemingly endless supply of so-bad-they're-good made-for-TV movies available at any given moment, deciding on a title can feel like an impossible task. Who needs the stress? Not you. This is where we come in.

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Photo: Alamy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

9 Reasons Taylor Swift Is the Best Celebrity Friend Ever

9 Reasons Taylor Swift Is the Best Celebrity Friend EverThere's a reason Taylor Swift has so many super famous besties. She counts cool girls like Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, and Lorde among her closest pals because she's such a top-notch partner-in-crime herself.

So how does a superstar who's constantly jetting around the world, singing on stages, recording hit singles, and making it all look so easy (not to mention so stylish!) find time to host elaborate girls nights, bake homemade treats that would make Martha Stewart jealous, and throw elaborate birthday celebrations for all her BFFs?

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Photo: Getty Images

Friday, January 24, 2014

I Turned 25 and My Life Changed

turning 25

Yesterday, I turned 25.

Many say it's a pivotal moment in your twenty-something life. It's a time where you begin to change and turn into the adult you are meant to be. Also known as...the quarter life crisis. As one who scoffs at the idea that your age and not your life experiences define your outlook on the world, I am now eating choking on my own words. I now know it's not one or the other. It's a combination.

As 2013 came to a close, I made a decision: I was leaving my job. But this wasn't just any job. This was my first out-of-college Big Girl Corporate Job — a place where I came into my own as a writer/editor. However, my November/December was a whirlwind of being sick from stress. I was dealing with my ailing and now deceased mother, while trying to keep up with work I no longer had any Give A Fuck energy for. My mother was dying in the hospital, and I knew it. I could see the death in her eyes. A very familiar look. So, nothing else mattered and things began to fall into perfect perspective.

Mama passed away on December 31, 2013, bringing my year to a morbid yet symbolic end. I was closing a giant chapter in my life in 2013 and starting fresh, anew in 2014. I was leaping into 2014 with no mom, no job, and no man (LOL, JK. I didn't have that in 2013 either.).

For me, turning 25 now meant more to me than I ever thought it would. I now have to go forward in life with whatever wisdom my gracious mother instilled without being able to physically go to her for advice. I'm entering a place in my career where I'm more aware of what I want and what talents I have under my sleeve. And lastly, I now have a more understanding of what life is about.

What matters the most in life isn't necessarily the things you do, but who you do it with. The relationships you build, the connections with people you make, and the lives you touch define the legacy you will leave behind.

Friday, January 3, 2014

No Longer at Cosmo

After 2.5 years, today is my official last day at Cosmopolitan.com. It's been quite a ride, but it's time for a new adventure.

dara and dolphin

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jay Z and Beyoncé Are Going Vegan for Precisely 22 Days

Jay Z and Beyoncé Are Going Vegan for Precisely 22 Days

Jay Z announced on his Life and Times website that he and Beyoncé will be going vegan for 22 days. The pair will be on a plant-based diet leading up to Christmas Day.


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Photo: Getty Images

Monday, December 2, 2013

11 Perfect Gifts for the Girl Who Loves to Work Out

11 Perfect Gifts for the Girl Who Loves to Work Out

From clothing to cool devices, these finds are for the girl you know who's always looking to break a sweat whenever she can.

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Photo: gaiam.com

Monday, November 25, 2013

This Is What Happens When Real People Go to the Grocery Store Dressed as the Kardashians

This Is What Happens When Real People Go to the Grocery Store Dressed as the Kardashians

No matter where the Kardashians are or what the Kardashians are doing, they're wearing evening wear. If they're on a beach, out for a green juice, or just walking the dog, you can pretty much guarantee they'll look minimum eight times fancier than your average Kim Non-Kardashian. So we here at Cosmopolitan.com, in the name of journalism and our legacy, decided to go to Whole Foods wearing Kardashian gear. (Note: we only had about five minutes to shoot here because we got kicked out. SMH, Whole Foods. SMH.)

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Photo: Kathleen Kamphausen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

11 Things You Should Never Say to a Black Girl

11 Things You Should Never Say to a Black Girl

1. "OMG. I have someone I want to set you up with. He's black!"
OMG. Yes! You are the answer to my dating life. How did you know that I only choose potential boyfriends based solely on the color of their skin?! Eff if we have anything in common.

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Photo: NBC

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

10 Cocktails Made With Sprite to Cure Your Hangover

10 Cocktails Made With Sprite to Cure Your Hangover

Sing to the heavens! Scientists have discovered a cure for hangovers: Sprite. Ease your post-drink fest pain with one of these cocktails made with the lemon-lime soda.

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Photo: Getty

Monday, October 28, 2013

What Happens When Real People Come to Work Dressed Like Miley Cyrus

What Happens When Real People Come to Work Dressed Like Miley Cyrus

Meet the Cosmopolitan.com editorial team! This is the story of the day we all came to work dressed as Miley Cyrus.

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Photo: Kathleen Kamphausen

Thursday, October 24, 2013

17 Photos of Truly Remarkable People Doing Yoga on Horses

yoga horses

Yes, this is a Thing. Because yoga not on an animal isn't difficult enough.

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Photo: flickr.com/photos/yogawithhorses

Friday, October 18, 2013

30 Best Smells In the World

30 Best Smells In the World

Yet, another reason to work out. Scientists say exercise will help you keep your sense of smell. Don't, and you could end up not being able to enjoy these scents...

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Photo: Getty Images

The Best Exercise Classes to Meet Guys

The Best Exercise Classes to Meet Guys

Exercise classes are often filled with women because they love the motivation the group provides. Men, on the other hand, hate it. Thus, making it hard to meet a guy at the gym. Here are a few classes where your chances of meeting a dude are higher than average.

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Photo: Getty Images

The Best Outdoor Activities for Fall

The Best Outdoor Activities for Fall

You could just go for a run. Or, you could try one of these activities. Science says working out in the cold makes you burn more fat, so get to it.

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Photo: Getty Images

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10 Incredible Treats to Make With Oreos

10 Incredible Treats to Make With Oreos

Science has discovered something you already know: Oreos are as addicting as cocaine. Feed your obsession with these mouth-watering treats.

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Photo: Getty Images

The Hills Cast: Where Are They Now?

The Hills Cast: Where Are TheyNow?

LC's engaged and Jason's married, but what's going on with your other favorite MTV stars? Turn up "Unwritten" and catch up.

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Photo: MTV

10 Free Fitness Apps That Rule

10 Free Fitness Apps That Rule

Make staying in shape easier by using one of the awesome and free apps.

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Photo: Getty Images

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