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This Beauty Routine Keeps Kelly Rowland At The Top Of Her Game

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Her skin is glorious, her abs are tight, and honey never came to play. Kelly Rowland snatched our wigs during her surprise guest performance at Beychella and the singer recently revealed in an interview with Ellehow she stays on top of her game as a world class singer and full-time mother. Kelly's been killing the game for as long as I can remember, and she finally gave some insight into her beauty routine. The 37-year-old singer and mother of one shared some of her beauty must-haves that will help you slay the summer:

"One would definitely be Shani Darden's Retinol Reform. Another one would be iS Clinical face wash, because I believe in washing your face. I believe in skincare above anything. A sunscreen. iS Clinical has a great sunscreen. Jessica Alba has this awesome [Honest Beauty] Magic Balm for your eyes. It's clear. It's awesome. It's perfect for summertime. Pat McGrath has these beautiful colors in her eye palettes. Stunning for summer. She just gave me [a palette] through my makeup artist, Sheika Daley. And I'm in love with it."

Her make-up artist, Sheika Davis helped her achieve the sexy sultry and glowed up looks that Kelly required for her glorious performance at Coachella, and said that she used the new Schick Intuition f.a.b. Razor to remove any outlying fuzzy hairs, and body bronzer to give her legs that extra glimmer right before the show.

"There's this one product called Gleam. It's really awesome. I use that or Scott Barnes Body Bling."

The singer also mentioned being a fan of laser hair removal:

"I go to this place in L.A. called Beauty Park. And there's an incredible woman there. Her name is Nurse Jamie. She's amazing. She has all these cool lasers that tighten, brighten, lift, and remove and it's like my favorite new thing. It's probably the biggest beauty splurge I've ever had. It's a big one but it's so worth it."
Kelly reminds us that when you look good, you feel good.

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Being a multi-talented superstar is hard enough, but when you add a three-year-old toddler in the mix, you need some serious stamina to keep up with the day. She released Whoa Baby!: A Guide for Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (And Wonder What the Just Happened) that included some tips for new moms on how to balance a chaotic personal life with the excitement of having a new baby. She told Elle:

"You have to take care of your body when you're pregnant with your baby. I think that a part of taking care of your body is taking care of your baby. Eat the foods that you're supposed to eat for yourself and for the baby. Enjoy resting your feet. Enjoy putting them up. Enjoy giving yourself a facial. Enjoy a night out with friends. Enjoy your mocktails. When I was pregnant, I went out with friends still, not going like too crazy like in clubs in stuff–but I did do that once! I allow myself to have fun. I allow myself to feel beautiful. I have pictures on my phone where I kept taking pictures of my body. And I felt so beautiful pregnant."
"After you have the baby you've got to take care of yourself, too. We forget about that. You're so wrapped up in being pregnant but you have to remember after you have that baby, you have to take care of yourself and that's internal, external, mental, physical, emotional. You must take care of yourself. You only get one you. And I think that that's so important. That's a lesson I had to learn after I had my son."

Kelly says that her fitness routine currently consists of Pilates, boxing and weights, and with abs like that, she's got me wondering where I can find the closest Pilates class. Check out the full article with Elle here.

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Today is Malcolm X’s birthday. As an icon of Black liberation movements, his words are often rallying cries and guideposts in struggle. In 2020, after the officers who executed Breona Taylor were not charged with her murder, my timeline was flooded with people reposting Malcolm’s famous quote: “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

It was certainly an apt quote to use for the tragic situation surrounding the life and death of Taylor. Quickly, however, a cynicism began to take hold of me as I saw people with questionable politics around Black women repost Malcolm’s words. .

Malcolm delivered those words to a congregation of Black people in Los Angeles, California just days after his birthday on May 22, 1965. Using his signature authoritative oratorical skills, he declared the harm that this world has caused Black women. In this same speech he would go on to say: “Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?" Hating and harming Black women is akin to hating and harming yourself.

For Malcolm, to protect Black women, to respect and to love Black women was not a hypothetical position to take. Just a few years prior to giving that speech, Malcolm severed ties with his mentor Elijah Muhommad after allegations against the Nation of Islam leader of having affairs with underaged girls was revealed, an allegation that Malcolm didn’t initially want to believe until speaking directly with one of the accusers himself.

He showed us that to show up for Black women means holding the abusers within your community accountable — even the ones you admire. It means listening to Black women, but also taking principled action in response to what you’ve heard–even at the risk of your relationships and even your life.

The name and legacy of Malcolm X conjures strong feelings in many people. To some people, Malcolm was a militant hellbent on stirring racial unrest. To others, he was a messianic figure, who sacrificed himself for the good of the people. But this is how I choose to remember him: as someone whose love for Black women anchored his life. To honor Malcolm means to honor Black women, today, tomorrow, and always.

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