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Are you 'Little Miss Never Knows What Design to Get'? It’s okay if you are because this is a safe space. We know that coming up with your next nail design can be as complicated as the Instagram algorithm these days. For me, getting my nails done and conjuring up a design has been a form of self-care and expression. With folks like Marsai Martin creating press-on nails that more than get the job done, the burden isn’t as heavy and there are some nail techs out here redefining what nail design means.

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It comes as no surprise that the cannabis industry and the legalization of marijuana are yet another barrier that Black business owners face. A new report released by Grand View Research, Inc stated that the global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach $73.6 billion by 2027. However, many states have very specific guidelines that stand as barriers for many people of color looking to get into the cannabis business, and Black and brown people are still serving harsher sentences for the possession and distribution of drugs than their white counterparts.

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Within the last year, TikTok has slowly gained most of my attention when it comes to my preferred social media platform. While I’m still getting accustomed to the app and all that it offers, I'm learning that it’s a go-to resource for beauty hacks and product recommendations. Gone are the days of the long format YouTube product review, TikTok is the quickest way to judge whether a viral product or beauty tool is actually “For You” in 60 seconds or less. The new generation of social media influencers gives us access to real reviews at our fingertips from the girl next door excitedly sharing her recent discovery of relatable skin and beauty products you never knew you needed.

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Normani has shown everyone her “wild side” and now she’s giving us an inside look into her beauty routine. The multi-talented artist revealed her beauty secrets and how she achieves her 90’s-inspired makeup look with Vogue.

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Since the passing of Kelis' husband, Mike Mora, the “Milkshake” singer has been finding ways to cope. On July 20, Kelis shared a photo dump of herself wearing locs. While the majority of the photos showed her wearing swimsuits while basking in the sun, it was the caption that revealed the sentimental feelings behind her latest look.

“Some last loc looks for the moment …. I could not deal with my hair these past 6 months while I dealt with my heart something as simple as a style I didn’t have to touch gave me so much,” she wrote. “But I’m good and It’s been real . Until we meet again …… soon ;)


Mike died in March after a battle with stage 4 stomach cancer. He was 37. The photographer shared two children with Kelis, a one-year-old daughter, and a six-year-old son. The chef has yet to speak on her husband’s death but she seems to be keeping herself busy. The “Bossy” singer continues to share food videos on her social media as well as perform. In May, she performed at the Lovers and Friends Festival in Las Vegas, NV.

In June, Kelis attended Refinery 29 Unbothered Presents: The Glow Up festival where she spoke about the importance of creating safe spaces by having Black women on your team.

“Like for me, that for me is a safe space,” she said. “I need to be able to know that when I call you about my business, about my child, about whatever it is, that I’m talking to someone who speaks my language for real.”

She added, “Because they know if I win, we all win. It can’t be the other way around. It wasn’t designed to be that way. So for me, that’s the safe space. I want people who look like me, who talk like me, that’s what I want. That’s what makes me feel good.”

In another Instagram post, Kelis seemingly gave insight into another way she has been coping with Mike’s death. “Self care can look like a lot of different things . For me the ocean is always on the list. Salt water is medicinal,” she wrote.

We wish Kelis the best!

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Episode 5 "Express Yourself"

This post is in partnership with Ulta Beauty.

Jazzmyne Jay has some pretty epic stories to tell. But even more epic is her approach to beauty. The content creator and model is a firm belever in walking in your truth, which is probably why she's amassed almost a million followers across Instagram and TikTok. Our good sis loves to break the rules when it comes to style and beauty, so our founder Necole Kane sat down with this social media star for a glam tutorial that we'll never forget.

Jazzmyne, who hails from the midwest, recalls growing up as the only biracial kid in her area. Though she didn't have much access to peers who looked like her, what she did have were two loving parents who instilled in her the magic in being different and encouraged her to stand out from the crowd. It was this celebration of uniqueness in Jazzmyne's household that birthed a natural instinct to let her star shine. Besides, she says, trying to fit it in is just too much work. "I am not a good actor," she jokes.

During this fun and out of the box makeup tutorial, Jazz goes for a glamorous beat with a few beloved products from brands like NARS, Fenty Beauty, and Urban Decay. She swaps out classic black eyeliner for a glittery eye look, solidfying that a pop of color is always her signature ingredient to a finished look.

Watch as Necole and Jazzmyne talk makeup, self-expression, and forging your own path in this inspiring episode of Beautiful Soul.

Scroll through the gallery below to shop Jazzmyne's products from Ulta Beauty.

Jazzmyne's Skincare Faves

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear.

NARS
$49

Photo Finish Primerizer + Hydrating Primer

Photo Finish Primerizer + Hydrating Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer+ Hydrating Primer delivers a fresh, dewy look while defending skin and perfecting makeup; infused with a Silkscreen Complex, Triple Hyaluronic Acid, + Niacinamide.

Smashbox
$42

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush
Fenty Beauty
$22

Olori 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Olori means Queen in Yoruba, a language spoken by the Yoruba Tribe in West Africa. Indulge and be intrigued in the Juvia's Place Queen series which holds 6 highly pigmented shades that will take your look to the next level.

Juvia's Place
$15

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

The FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick is a longwear makeup stick with a light-as-air shimmer formula to highlight, blush, and enhance.

Fenty Beauty
$28

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna's Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is the ultimate gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine that feels as good as it looks-the essential finishing touch to any look.

Fenty Beauty
$20

Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

All the glitz of glam rock (without the spandex or bad hair). Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter Eye Liner is a water-based, buildable liner that contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and REALLY stays put.

Urban Decay
$22