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The Badass Ladies Of Primetime's Hit 'Claws' Are Back!

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Claws is returning for a second season soon, and I'm already visualizing my summer nail inspo to match the occasion. The show's eccentric group of characters drew viewers in by telling the story of five manicurists struggling to make ends meet who encounter danger and adventure on their way to the top. On June 10, the fiery cast will have us back on the edge of our seats again.

Niecy Nash is the leader of the pack, Desna, a foxy nail tech from Florida, whose dreams always seem to be stifled by her circumstances. She and her quirky crew of nail mavens encounter colorful characters and personal crossroads as they solidify their position in the Florida drug game through cheating, money laundering, and doing business with getting involved with some shady Russians.

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The star-studded cast has been hesitant to release details about this season, but Niecy Nash says that we can continue to expect unapologetic slayage from the entire cast. Nash told Gold Derby:

"They are unapologetic, fierce and badass. It was time for this story to be told through these women. The men on the show have leaned into the women taking the lead. And I think they like it."

Karrueche Tran told Bossip that we can expect even more chaos from her character Virginia this season, and we are here for it.

"There's so much that is going on, but we can't say much. If you've seen season one, it's crazy. Season two is times 100 and with Virginia, you still see more layers being pulled back of who she is, her struggles. You see this wonderful relationship develop between her and Dean, and more situations and life-changing moments for them…we go through some real s**t."

Niecy Nash chose to fully commit to her character this season by seeking out a mentor. She told Bossip:

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"I have a new mentor this season. She is really giving me a Baptism in what means to be a Queen Pin in the mafia. I think season one, I was trying to get out. Season two, I'm leaning in."

Though the actress had to get hip to some of the drug innuendos, she said that she was able to portray Desna so well because Desna was someone who was familiar to her reality.

"I love playing Desna. She is so many women that I know, on the south side of 40, no kids, no man to speak of. SHE'S SO THICK! I can't breathe after the end of the day wearing those jumpsuits. She's complicated, flawed, sexy, and real. I love that you get to see her making love on television, we don't always get to see us that way."

Claws is an ode to femininity and the sisterhood that's formed when we discover the complexity of our womanhood. Having a team of women that have your back, especially in the professional world is essential to creating dope experiences. Nash mentioned that one of the most valuable things that she's gotten from this project was the sisterhood that she was able to develop with her fellow castmates.

"I've learned what sisterhood really looks like from working with the women. Because we care for each other. [An example of this was when the women had a fight in the salon.] In the scene, there's a big group fight. But when they yelled, 'Cut,' everybody is checking on the other. We'd ask, 'Are you ok?', 'Did I grab you too hard?', 'You know I really love you, right?' It's always a good time when all the ladies work in a scene together."

Make sure to tune in for the first episode of the second season, premiering June 10 on TNT.

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This post is in partnership with Ulta Beauty.

"I'm a better mother, I'm a better wife, and I'm a better boss, because I take care of myself."

This is just one of the many gems our girl Mattie James dropped in the latest episode of "Beautiful Soul," hosted by xoNecole founder Necole Kane. Mattie is a lifestyle blogger and mother of three who has grown a loyal following from her relatable lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content. This digital maven takes to Instagram each day to lift the veil of her everyday life. We get to see her approach to juggling motherhood with business, daily fashion inspo, and keeping it real about those moments when the juggle gets real. Above all else, Mattie is committed to making self-care a non-negotiable practice in her life,

In this "get un-ready with me" Mattie shows us how she takes off the day. First, she removes her makeup very meticulously with the help us a few oil-eliminating products that she swears by. Then, she gets down and dirty for a deep cleanse, followed by a layering of her favorite serums and moisturizers. Our favorite tip from Mattie? Use your ring finger to apply your eye creams, since it's the lightest finger and the best to use for this delicate area of the skin. Genius!

As Mattie can attest, self-care isn't just about surface-level treats like getting a manicure and soaking in bubble baths. It's about making that "me-tine" a priority and a non-negotiable practice. It's also about setting the right boundaries so that you don't stretch yourself too thin. "Boundaries are like lanes on a highway," she explains. "You have to switch your lanes, but there's shoulders on the road for a reason. You can drive on a shoulder if you want, but it'll cause wear and tear on your car. So you can do things outside your boundaries, but you'll wear yourself out. You have to be honest with yourself."

In the midst of raising three young children, running her personal brand, and maintaining a household, Mattie is diligent about putting self-care dates into her planning just like she would a meeting. That includes therapy appointments, massages, or even quiet time to do absolutely nothing. These are essential wellness tactics that all serve her so that she can better serve others.

Watch as Necole and Mattie get un-ready (and real) in the tutorial above.

Scroll through the gallery below to shop Mattie's nighttime skincare products from Ulta.

Mattie's Skincare Faves

The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

A TULA essential, this purifying Gel-Based Cleanser removes dirt, impurities & makeup without stripping or over-drying.

Tula
$28

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a silky, lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens.

Clinique
$36

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Clinique's best-selling makeup remover Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is a totally tugless formula that whisks away makeup.

Clinique
$21

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Drunk Elephant's C-Tango is a rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area.

Drunk Elephant
$64

Tonique Confort Rehydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey

Lancôme Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey

Tonique Confort is a soothing, alcohol-free facial toner that improves skin hydration in just 15 minutes and gently cleanses, preps skin and reveals a visible glow.

Lancôme
$35

Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution is a squalane based, non-irritating serum formulated with salicylic acid to effectively decongest the skin and provide surface exfoliation.

The Ordinary
$6.50

Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream recovers & detoxifies while minimizing signs of aging for more rested, youthful-looking skin by morning.

fresh
$54

Pro-Retinol Body Butter

Pro-Retinol Body Butter

Pro-Retinol: now available for your body. Josie Maran's Whipped Argan Pro-Retinol Body Butter is a lusciously whipped body butter infused with gentle and effective pro-retinol for a smoother, firmer-looking, deeply hydrated body.

Josie Maran
$46

100% Pure Argan Oil

100% Pure Argan Oil

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