Life of a Brown Woman on the Internet

Life of a Brown Woman on the Internet

We scream diversity but little things like this don't show it...

My articles are usually about our country as a whole or something else political. But this article is focused specifically on African American women, actually, women who are not white. So, let's go.

Have you ever noticed that when you're looking for a hairstyle or an outfit on Google you have to type in, "bob hairstyle on black woman" or something of that sort? Do it right now, if you type in "bob hairstyle" the majority of pictures are of women who are of a "lighter" complexion.

Why is this the case? Who truly knows? I do know that the occasional Beyoncé and Keri Hilson pictures that pop up in the mix doesn't suffice. And it never will.

It's the exact same hairstyle so if I ask Google to show me a specific hairstyle then I should be able to see varieties. Google doesn't know my race or skin tone. (It might, because it knows everything) But limiting me and my primary Google search to white women is not cool.

Women of other races have different hair textures, different highlights, different facial structures etc. This is not for me to be racist at all, but when I type in "bob hairstyle", all of the pictures look the same, except for the white women who add layers to their bobs, that's it.

This topic may not be a big deal but it is a bother. Not a huge bother, but it's something that happens that no one ever talks about.

And I use the term "black women" but I mean women of brown complexions. This could be black women, Hispanic women, and all other types of women who don't fall under the "white" category.

I understand that this topic is minuscule compared to all of the other problems in the world but I felt like this needed to be addressed even if it was just to touch on it.

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The Ugly Side of Self Care

There's no shame in your game.

When someone talks to me about self care my mind immediately goes to bubble baths and face masks. Pamper routines, skin care routines, and hair care routines flood my youtube and Instagram feeds on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, I love it. I want to know what moisturizer will make my skin dewey but not greasy and whether I should try a sheet mask or a clay one. But lately I've been thinking about the ugly side of self care.

I've been thinking about what goes on behind the scenes to keep girls feeling confident. I don't feel pretty every day. Some days I feel like a super cute glowing goddess but some days I feel like shit. And that's really...really normal.

No one feels 100% all the time, we just aren't wired that way. If you've ever felt down on yourself then you know that it takes a little more than a face mask to perk you back up. Sometimes it can take days to feel like yourself again, and that's okay.

You might need a long talk with your best friend or you might need to do some serious soul searching. Whatever it takes to feel beautiful again, there's no shame in your game.

I've seen so many twitter threads about over-coming depression or curing your acne that start with the phrase "Just drink water!!". Water isn't going to cure you and neither is a bubble bath with candles.

Depression is a serious mental condition and it's something that millions of people struggle with everyday. It usually requires a lot of self reflection and even some therapy to overcome this kind of struggle. And once again, there's no shame.

The most important part of self care isn't the products you use, it's the personalized plan you create for yourself. Everyone needs something different and everyone can use a little TLC.

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10 Reasons Ipsy Will Have Even Broke College Students Paying $10 A Month

As if by the grace of God, I come home and see that one beacon of glistening hope.

It's Tuesday, though I've been spending the last three hours thinking it is Friday. As I am my local grocery store picking up a bottle of Chardonnay to commemorate the end of my "long week," it dawns on me; it is in fact only Tuesday and I have so much more to do today other than wind down with a glass of white wine.

Being the responsible adult I am, I return my wine to its shelf and search for some Halo Top ice cream. They are out of my favorite flavor. My coworker calls, she needs me to take her shift tomorrow. My sandal just broke. I realize I forgot to turn in an assignment. I could go on, but for sake of time, I will sum it up nicely: My day is in shambles. I remind myself how lucky I am to have these minor inconveniences, as so many people would be so lucky to have these "problems," but I just can't shake it.

I am having a bad day.

Then, as if by the grace of God, I come home and see that one beacon of glistening hope. The moment I have been waiting for all month. A pink, shiny package sits on my doorstep, waiting to cheer me up. My Ipsy bag is here! If you're unaware of Ipsy and its unfailing magic to put a smile on your face, allow me to elaborate.

For just $10 a month, Ipsy sends you an incredibly cute makeup pouch containing five beauty products bound to shatter your world. Upon signing up, you put in your beauty preferences, skin type, etc. They match you to 5 amazing, generously sized beauty samples and voila! Not convinced you need Ipsy in your life? Hold my beauty blender while I convince you otherwise.

1. You are introduced to brands you may not otherwise have heard about.

I have always adored makeup, but my knowledge of beauty products was limited to what Sephora carried. Ipsy introduces you to lesser known brands at a fraction of the price of bigger-named brands. These products are selected very carefully, so the quality of the products are either equal to or even greater than the quality of products you are splurging on at Sephora.

2. Your bag will include "big name" brands.

Not too comfortable with the idea of trying out brands you haven't heard too much about? Not a problem. Ipsy caters to many big name brands such as Buxom, First Aid Beauty, Too Faced, and Clinique, to name just a few.

3. You will be supporting smaller brands.

So that's kind of an obvious as you read through point number one, but how cool is it that you are helping smaller brands of makeup make a real place in the beauty industry? I have tried so many products from Ipsy that I am now irrevocably loyal to, these brands deserve some big attention and by trying their products through Ipsy and spreading the word (trust me, you will want to recommend the products to everyone and anyone), you are helping to revolutionize smaller companies.

4. It's like your birthday every single month!

As stated in my anecdote above, these little packages seem to appear at the perfect time. It's a little present from you to you every month! Thanks, me, you're welcome me!

5. It is 10 DOLLARS.

Seriously, where else are you going to spend those ten dollars? Opt for a bowl of oatmeal and a homemade coffee one morning rather than your coffee store trip and BOOM. There you go. Ten dollars that can be put towards Ipsy. Ten. Dollars. It still blows me away.

6. It is something to look forward to.

We all have those days, sometimes those days turn into those weeks. Unfortunately, we all go through little lulls in our lives where nothing seems to be going as planned. You know what you can depend on? You're Ipsy glam bag coming in the mail. If nothing else, your Ipsy bag is something to just keep you going, it's coming and it will absolutely cheer you up.

7. It makes a GREAT present.

So, last time... ten dollars. Over the course of a year that is $120. How amazing would that be for a gift? Subscribe your bestie for a bag, and it will literally be a birthday present every month for a year. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

8. You get adorable makeup pouches every month.

Setting aside the magic that is getting five makeup samples every month, Ipsy comes up with the cutest designs for the makeup pouches. What do you do with all of those makeup pouches you may ask? Everything and anything. Some for makeup, one as my pencil pouch for school, some for organizational purposes, heck I've even used one as a clutch before. Oh, right, and did I mention presents?

9. Occasionally you will get makeup tools that last forever.

I went to Sephora the other day and was looking for a makeup brush to blend eyeshadows. I decided I was going to put my decision to spend $30 on a brush on hold. As if by telepathy, Ipsy sent me perfect blending brush that month that is not only better quality than the one I was going to buy but also way more affordable.

I think we've already hinted at that enough: *cough IT'S TEN DOLLARS cough*.

10. They cater to all levels of makeup.

Did you just graduate from that kiddie makeup set your aunt bought you when you were six? Cool! Buy and subscribe to Ipsy, they have instructions and tips to each makeup product you've received.

Are you a youtube blogger with 10 million subscribers? Cool! Join Ipsy and tell us all about the different creations you've come up with on Ipsy. They cater to anyone who wants to learn about or expand upon their knowledge with makeup.

Feeling enticed? You absolutely should be! Click the link, you will not be disappointed!

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