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3 Things to Do Before Applying Matte Lipstick

by Frankie Rozwadowska

Anything less than audacious is boring. – François Nars

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The matte lipstick trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so now’s the time to make sure you’re applying your products correctly – and looking after your lips along the way. Whether Huda Beauty’s ‘Lip Contour’ is your makeup must-have or you’re in camp Kylie Jenner, these are the things you need to know about wearing a matte formula.


Wearing a matte lipstick will unfortunately highlight any cracks and flaws on your mouth, so exfoliating is essential. It’s the best way to slough off dead skin and avoid unsightly bumps, lumps, and flaking. It also keeps your smile looking and feeling supple.

Try this one from Lush, which mints up your mouth with peppermint oil whilst sugar scrubs away dead skin and organic jojoba oil softens and smoothes. If you’re more the DIY type, mix one tablespoon of brown sugar with a big squeeze of honey and a teaspoon of coconut oil for a nourishing, homemade lip scrub.

3 Things You Should Always Do Before Applying Matte Lipstick

Lush ‘Mint Julips’ Lip Scrub



Moisturizing your mouth means your lips won’t dry out as fast and ensures your lip color goes on easily. Either use a natural oil – like almond and coconut – or try Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Lip Magic Rejuvenating Smoothing Propolis Balm’, which she describes as “youth-boosting magic for lips”. It’s bursting with beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, natural oils, and hyaluronic acid to soften, smooth, and plump up your pout.

3 Things You Should Always Do Before Applying Matte Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Magic Rejuvenating Smoothing Propolis Balm’



Use a primer to pamper your lips and keep your lipstick on for longer. A light layer of your concealer will do the trick, but for optimum results, try the ‘Prep+Prime Lip’ by MAC. It provides long-term hydration, reduces lipstick fading and feathering, and refines and smoothes your lips all day long.

3 Things You Should Always Do Before Applying Matte Lipstick

Mac ‘Prep + Prime Lip’


by Frankie Rozwadowska

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Asian Beauty Supply Owner Punches Mom In Mouth After Accusing Her 3-Yr-Old Of Stealing

TULSA, OKLAHOMA — This is a completely unacceptable situation here. The store owner, on video, physically assaulted this mother in front of her child … all over an item less than $1.

The owner of Tulsa’s Juns Beauty Supply store is facing mass boycott after he was filmed punching a Black mother in the face. This situation escalated after he accused her 3-year-old son of walking out of the store with a keychain.

Tulsa World reports the woman’s identity as April Harding. Harding was confronted by the store’s owner, Changseok Jun.

The source mentions that, as Harding and Jun argued, she threw the item back in the store — according to Tulsa Police Department spokesperson Shane Tuell.

But as can be seen from the video, when the woman turned to walk away, she threw up her hand dismissively — mistakenly connecting with Jun as he attempted to follow her.

That’s when he punched the woman in the mouth, all of which was caught on video.

“Mr. Jun…punched the woman in the right side of her mouth with his closed fist,” Tuell states.


According to Tulsa World, Harding mentioned as follows.

“We had words and then I attempted to walk away from him. When I did, I did my hand like this, like ‘whatever,’ and when I did, he grabbed my arm and spun me around and punched me in the lip.”

“He didn’t have to do anything that he did,” she adds. “Especially not hit me in my face.” Harding told the source she needed 3 stitches in her lip to close the cut.

Jun has been charged with assault and battery — which is a misdemeanor. However, given the scenario, the neighborhood is not happy.

Tulsa World reports that local protest organizer Cleo Harris told the source his actions were simply “unacceptable.”

“You’re taking the Black dollar, but you don’t trust us coming in to buy your product that is a creation of us.”

Likewise, Henrietta Snacks mentions:

“🗣️ SISTERS, stay out of these non-black owned establishments — especially the ones that are smack dab in the middle of predominately black areas. They do not view you as human. You can find everything you need online (Amazon) or at a black owned shop not too far away.”

Another Twitter user, @stuffmomsays7 , says this situation took her back to the days she used to shop in Asian beauty shops as well.

“…for a long time, I got tired of being followed around (like I need to steal something, when I make 6 figures) and the employees just being rude like they are doing me a favor.”

Reports state the store was closed on Monday while protesters stood outside.

WARNING: The following video contains graphic content and offensive material. Viewer discretion is advised.

This is at Juns Beauty Supply in Tulsa, OK. The one of North Peoria.

This is the 2nd time an Asian owner of a Black beauty supply shop has physically attacked a Black woman in the past week.

A small child walked out w/ a keychain – she took it back.

He punched her in the face

— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 13, 2018

Journalist Shaun King mentions that “this is the 2nd time an Asian owner of a Black beauty supply shop has physically attacked a Black woman in the past week.”

Via his Twitter post, the story has received tons of feedback. But the most infuriating of all is seeing Black MEN defend the attacker’s actions — stating, as @CruelPhilosophr puts it: “So we really gonna act like she ain’t hit that man?”

As aforementioned, she threw up her hand as she turned to walk away, and he literally walked into her hand while trying to chase after her. Then, deliberately, closed-fist punched her in the mouth — possibly something he wanted to do all along.

What makes this comment section even more weird is that white women are the ones on the Black mother’s side, as well as that of Black women in general. For instance, Lauren Miers mentions as follows.

“My boys have walked out of stores with little things often over the years. I always return them. I’ve never been punched because of it. Black women don’t have that liberty. That is both sickening and enraging. If it had been a white woman he wouldn’t have done that.”

As this is quite the infuriating topic, we’d love to know your thoughts about this one. Do you think she intentionally hit the owner? Do you think he should’ve hit her the way he did? Do you think Black men defending the store owner are P.O.S.’s?

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California Just Became the First State to Ban Beauty Products Tested on Animals

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California just gave beauty brands across the industry a big reason to stop animal testing. On Tuesday, the state legislature passed a bill to make the sale of animal-tested cosmetics illegal within the state after 2020. The practice has long been a hot-button issue, but recently more brands like The Body Shop, Too Faced, and Lush Cosmetics have been vocal about taking a stand against it. Now, with the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, it marks the first time a state has taken action to move the needle on such a large scale, and state representatives are hoping it sends a message.

The bill was introduced back in February by California Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), and on Friday, California’s senators unanimously voted to pass the act and send it to Governor Jerry Brown, who will decide whether or not to sign it into law. Brown’s record in office shows him historically supporting animal welfare issues, so the bill’s proponents are optimistic that it will pass. Co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush, the bill will make it illegal to “sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020,” according to the legislation.

What does that mean for shoppers? On the ground in California, it’s going to simplify transparency. Now, Californians will no longer have to decipher a slew of tiny symbols to make sure their beauty routine hasn’t come at animals’ expense. The included umbrella covers products like deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner, so whether or not Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde left you with strong feelings on animal testing, ethical buying is no longer a personal choice.

Speaking to the decision back in February, Galgiani wrote in a statement that “inaction at the federal level compels California to lead the way in ensuring a cruelty-free cosmetics market for its citizens by barring any new ingredients or cosmetics that are tested on animals.” With the new regulations in place, ideally manufacturers will stop selling products tested on animals across the country, Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., vice president of research policy with the Physicians Committee, added.

Also in a statement from when the bill was introduced, Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation, implored that it’s high time for the U.S. to get on board with more humane regulations: “This policy is tried and true, as the European Union implemented a similar law over five years ago and the sky didn’t fall. Animals have been saved while companies have flourished and grown without cruelty as part of their business model.”

California’s history of animal rights activism also supports its current initiative. In 2000, it outlawed animal testing when appropriate alternatives are available, and in 2014, it passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution, which urged Congress to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics. On a broader scale, almost 40 countries have banned cosmetics testing on animals. Still, the FDA has stayed neutral, stating that while it doesn’t require animal testing, it “advises cosmetic manufacturers to employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective for substantiating the safety of their products.”

With 2020 still a ways away, it’ll be some time until we see the ban’s effects. In the meantime, if you’re looking to make your routine cruelty-free, these brands are a good place to start.

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