As a beauty writer, I'd say I'm pretty well-versed on most things natural hair, creating a skincare routine that works and finding the right makeup for my skin type, but I have to be honest, lashes are not my strong suit.

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When I saw that The Lip Bar was launching a new product that was "more than lip," I took notice. I watched every Insta teaser trying to figure out what the new product would be because, like most of us, I want to know now. Since the launch was taking place at ESSENCE Fest, I was going to stop by one of their pop-ups to support. Before I could do that, I was invited to the "She's Gotta Have It" brunch.

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If you've been contemplating taking a weekend trip, science says a three-day getaway can be better for your mental health since there is less stress planning them and they are more cost-effective than extended vacations. Sounds like a win-win to us. One of the other perks is you can pack less.

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ESSENCE Festival weekend is upon us, and if you love all things black beauty, style, and empowerment New Orleans is the place to be.

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New Orleans is one of my favorite cities. Like Miami, it's one of the places that feel like you've stepped into an area outside of the United States (at least for me) due to the culture, the history, and let's not forget that NOLA accent that has some of us swooning. New Orleans is a tourist hot spot, so it can be challenging to find authentic gems if you're only using travel sites as your guide.

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When I travel, it sometimes feels like it happens all at once. One minute, I'm flying from city to city from timezone to timezone, and the next thing I know, I've forgotten to take my birth control pills.

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