*cues "She Got a Donk" by Soulja Boy* Small booties, big booties, or average booties — all booties matter. They matter so much that we need to incorporate them into our beauty routine. It's a hot-healed-girl summer full of events where we might literally be showing our ass. At last, it's time to put our best ass forward.
Over the past year, we have seen booty beauty become a thing, and rightfully so. Even taking the time to tell your derrière how much you appreciate the way it holds you down is important. With all of our imperfections, we ultimately desire smoother skin from head to toe. There are ways to combat these blemishes. Without further ado, check out these products we have rounded up to bask in this Summer of Buns.
That Booty Tho The Original Booty Scrub
This product is known to help the people with stretch marks and wrinkles while also providing a rich amount of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The three hydrating oils are equivalent to a nourishing butt grab. "By using That Booty Tho 2-3 times per week to polish your butt, you can say bye to acne, slay stretch marks, and tell cellulite to take a hike." Your bottom is guaranteed to be smoother after each and every use.
Squeeze It Butt Mask
I received this mask in a Fashion Week gift bag once and boy was I grateful. Bawdy Beauty is the home of the original butt mask and its mission is to provide tools to help everyone experience unapologetic body freedom through touch and play. Consider this sheet mask the new facelift for your butt. The ingredients are 100 percent natural and infused with plants. The whole experience of applying a sheet mask to your ass is one that everyone should encounter.
Power To The Peach
I got my peaches out in Georgia drenched in this oil or whatever Justin Bieber said. Made up of peach and apricot kernel oils, this oil is packed with collagen-boosting powers that firm and tone your peach like no other. The selling point? It is blessed with our favorite crystal, rose quartz, meaning you're giving your bottom all kinds of unconditional love.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream has received awards for being the ultimate Brazilian Beauty Secret. Brazilian Babe Tip, "Pronounced 'boom boom' in Brazil, the bum bum is a nation-wide obsession. It's ALL about body joy and taking care of ourselves head-to-toe, which is why Brazil has the smallest bikinis and best-fitting jeans. And beautiful bum bums have a secret—a cream, created with caffeine-rich Guaraná." There's no denying that this cream is transformative.
Clay Butt Mask
This is the only "stick" that should be near your tush. It's easy to use and gives your bum the plump, plump, plump. Heralded as a luxurious treatment, the butt mask includes Kaolin and montmorillonite which purifies and exfoliates while the Willow Bark reduces fine lines and hyaluronate hydrates. If you're struggling with acne-prone skin, it's time to add this product to your booty beauty ritual.
Smoothing Butt Polish
It may look like sherbert ice cream but it's really the polish dedicated to firming up your booty. Brightening, tightening, and moisturizing is what you can expect from Buns Of Glowry. Fans of the product say they have never experienced their buns being so soft. You can use it in the shower or the bath by mixing it with water to create a grandeur lather. Before you know it, the wheat protein is decreasing cellulite and the watermelon extract is serving up major hydration.
Le Tush Butt Mask
Every now and then you just gotta give your ass a facial. Le Tush does just that especially if you struggle with Keratosis Pilaris, "a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, often on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks." The girls consider this to be the holy grail of booty beauty because it will change your life. It could be the glycolic, malic, and azelaic acids combined with the willow bark and squalane that truly leave your tush in radiant shape.
Glow & Tighten Butt Serum
Butt serum? Who said that? *in Porsha Williams voice* Move over face serums, butt serums are here to elevate your booty glow-up. The bitter orange and apricot paired together tackle cell deterioration and give your skin the aesthetic it TRULY deserves. Much like face serums, you apply this product in between your cleanser and moisturizer. The brand also offers a Worry-Free Guarantee so if you're pleased, they promise to make it right.
ExfoliMATE® 2.0 POCKET | Aqua
Invite this new mate into the shower with you to clean out your pores for healthier skin. Your washcloth is tired so what better bathtime BFF than the ExfoliMATE. "And because friends don't let friends have bad skin, ExfoliMate sloughs away dead skin cells and bacteria to boast a blemish-free body and restore your youthful glow."
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Joce Blake is a womanist who loves fashion, Beyonce and Hot Cheetos. The sophistiratchet enthusiast is based in Brooklyn, NY but has southern belle roots as she was born and raised in Memphis, TN. Keep up with her on Instagram @joce_blake and on Twitter @SaraJessicaBee.
How Content Creators Hey Fran Hey And Shameless Maya Embraced The Pivot
This article is in partnership with Meta Elevate.
If you’ve been on the internet at all within the past decade, chances are the names Hey Fran Hey and Shameless Maya (aka Maya Washington) have come across your screen. These content creators have touched every platform on the web, spreading joy to help women everywhere live their best lives. From Fran’s healing natural remedies to Maya’s words of wisdom, both of these content creators have built a loyal following by sharing honest, useful, and vulnerable content. But in search of a life that lends to more creativity, freedom, and space, these digital mavens have moved from their bustling big cities (New York City and Los Angeles respectively) to more remote locations, taking their popular digital brands with them.
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In partnership with Meta Elevate — an online learning platform that provides Black, Hispanic, and Latinx-owned businesses access to 1:1 mentoring, digital skills training, and community — xoNecole teamed up with Franscheska Medina and Maya Washington on IG live recently for a candid conversation about how they’ve embraced the pivot by changing their surroundings to ultimately bring out the best in themselves and their work. Fran, a New York City native, moved from the Big Apple to Portland, Oregon a year ago. Feeling overstimulated by the hustle and bustle of city life, Fran headed to the Pacific Northwest in search of a more easeful life.
Her cross-country move is the backdrop for her new campaign with Meta Elevate— a perfectly-timed commercial that shows how you can level up from wherever you land with the support of free resources like Meta Elevate. Similarly, Maya packed up her life in Los Angeles and moved to Sweden, where she now resides with her husband and adorable daughter. Maya’s life is much more rural and farm-like than it had been in California, but she is thriving in this peaceful new setting while finding her groove as a new mom.
While Maya is steadily building and growing her digital brand as a self-proclaimed “mom coming out of early retirement,” Fran is redefining her own professional grind. “It’s been a year since I moved from New York City to Portland, Oregon,” says Fran. “I think the season I’m in is figuring out how to stay successful while also slowing down.” A slower-paced life has unlocked so many creative possibilities and opportunities for these ladies, and our conversation with them is a well-needed reminder that your success is not tied to your location…especially with the internet at your fingertips. Tapping into a community like Meta Elevate can help Black, Hispanic, and Latinx entrepreneurs and content creators stay connected to like minds and educated on new digital skills and tools that can help scale their businesses.
During a beautiful moment in the conversation, Fran gives Maya her flowers for being an innovator in the digital space. Back when “influencing” was in its infancy and creators were just trying to find their way, Fran says Maya was way ahead of her time. “I give Maya credit for being one of the pioneers in the digital space,” Fran said. “Maya is a one-person machine, and I always tell her she really changed the game on what ads, campaigns, and videos, in general, should look like.”
When asked what advice she’d give content creators, Maya says the key is having faith even when you don’t see the results just yet. “It’s so easy to look at what is, despite you pouring your heart into this thing that may not be giving you the returns that you thought,” she says. “Still operate from a place of love and authenticity. Have faith and do the work. A lot of people are positive thinkers, but that’s the thinking part. You also have to put your faith into work and do the work.”
Fran ultimately encourages content creators and budding entrepreneurs to take full advantage of Meta Elevate’s vast offerings to educate themselves on how to build and grow their businesses online. “It took me ten years to get to the point where I’m making ads at this level,” she says. “I didn’t have those resources in 2010. I love the partnership with Meta Elevate because they’re providing these resources for free. I just think of the people that wouldn’t be able to afford that education and information otherwise. So to amplify a company like this just feels right.”
Watch the full conversation with the link above, and join the Meta Elevate community to connect with fellow businesses and creatives that are #OnTheRiseTogether.
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Exclusive: 'Praise This' Stars Chloe Bailey And Anjelika Washington Talk Acceptance And Their Favorite Scenes
There's nothing like a feel-good movie that you can watch with friends and family, and that's exactly what Praise This is. The film, executive produced by Will Packer and directed by Tina Gordon, stars Chloe Bailey, Anjelika Washington, Quavo, and many more, and it tells a story about how one's struggle with their faith can ultimately lead them to find themselves and appreciate the people around them.
In the Peacock original film, Chloe's character Sam has aspirations of becoming a singer, but her mom's death sends her down the wrong path, which puts a strain on her relationship with her dad. In an effort to help her, her dad sends her to live with her aunt and uncle in Atlanta, where she is introduced to the praise team thanks to her cousin Jess, played by Anjelika.
While this may sound like a fit, Sam is very resistant and continues doing things her way, further complicating her relationships with others. However, her undeniable talent breaks through, and she learns a valuable lesson in the end. Praise This isn't your typical church movie. While the story focuses on faith, the church shade throughout the movie is hilarious, and if you grew up in the church, relatable, and the fire mashups of secular and gospel songs will surely keep you entertained. I spoke with Chloe and Anjelika about the film, their characters' dynamic as "cousin-sisters," and the hijinks that happen throughout the film.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 03: Quavo, Tristan Wilds, Janora McDuffie, Jekalyn Carr, Anjelika Washington, Chloe Bailey, Tina Gordon, William Packer, Druski and Big Tank attend the "Praise This" World Premiere at Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University on April 03, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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"I think my favorite scene filming with her would have to be our handshake because we made that up early on, and when Tina was like, 'okay, this is the scene where you pull up to Ty's house, you know, with the little handshake you guys do, you can do it right here,'" Chloe says. "We were like, 'oh.'""
For me, I really loved the scene in the house where I'm showing her my world and everything, and I get to sing for her," says Anjelika. "That was also my scariest day on set was because I was like singing for Chloe Bailey, like the singer. So, anyways, it was like a crazy moment, but I got through it. Chloe sat there [and] was like, 'this is great, this is funny.' She was laughing genuinely the whole time, which made me feel good 'cause then I was like, I'm doing a good job."
Praise This is available on Peacock.
See more from the interview below:
Stars Chloe Bailey and Anjelika Washington Reflect On Their Bond and Secret Handshake
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