In the face of stiff competition among beauty brands, there are so many varieties when it comes to choosing the perfect mascara. It can really be a daunting task. We don’t just mean perfect for the sake of trend, but one that specifically works for you! Still, many factors need to be taken into consideration when buying and applying mascara if you want a great look. That’s why we’ve put together these tips to help you narrow down your options.
Going gray early might be heredity, but I sure know I’ve earned a few extra silver strands since transitioning to motherhood. Taking care of two little human beings is a high pressure role. It can also feel like walking a tightrope with blindfolds and bed of nails beneath your feet when you’re co-parenting with a narcissistic moron. Does it sound like I’m speaking from personal experience?
Too many incidents have pushed me into mama bear mode, or what the aloof parent likes to call crazy. Now, let’s be clear. I’m not talking about those laughable moments when Dad serves cold pizza as a healthy breakfast or forgets to dress the kids in matching socks. I’m referring to everyday neglectful shit that can ultimately put your child at risk. Yesterday, for example, I felt my blood pressure rise and a painful knot at the back of neck as my toddler and 6 year old were set free and told to run across a busy parking lot. Twenty-five hours of labor combined and 6 years flashed before my eyes.
To be fair, there is no manual to being the perfect parent. However, after a few years in and repeatedly trying to offer guidance you begin to realize that the other parent is 1) stupid AF or 2) doesn’t recognize the potential harm because, as T.S. Elliott puts it, “they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves”
As a mom, you begin to lose patience and you could care less about the rhyme or reason behind irresponsible or neglectful parenting. When your only concern is to raise your babies in a safe and healthy environment, how can you cope with or get through to a narcissistic co-parent?
Every mom will agree that pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences in a woman’s life. But, it never really feels that way when you’re living in the moment! To be honest, there’s nothing blissful about raging hormones, morning sickness and weight gain in all the wrong places.
Don’t get me wrong. At some point, you find a nice balance somewhere between overabundant love for your little one and all those darn side effects. However, pregnancy can be so overwhelming that some expecting mommies forget to take care of themselves in the process.
One of the biggest signs of neglect is everyday attire. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look fashionable or have to buy everything three sizes bigger. In fact, many popular designers now have maternity lines and offer more form-fitting clothing to show off your baby bump.
If you’re a mommy-to-be and still trying to figure out your maternity wardrobe, there are a few basic rules to help you look and feel your best. We’ve put together some tips on looks you should avoid while pregnant. Take it all as a bad example and learn from it!
Summer is in full swing, and I hope you’re taking advantage of this beautiful weather with some outdoor dining or grilling. I found this amazing veggie burger recipe on Food and Wine. It’s perfect for Meatless Mondays, and you don’t even need to use a grill.
Last weekend, I made these veggie burgers and decided to dust off my grill and add some grilled corn and veggies to the mix! I also added a bit of jerk seasoning to give it a spicy kick!
When I became a parent I didn’t get a manual with the hospital release forms. I got diapers, a diaper bag and some Similac when I was leaving the hospital. To say I was terrified is putting it mildly. Fast track to now almost nine years, and I will tell you that I am still going through training and “finding myself” as a parent. I get when other parents say it’s THE hardest job, but it’s also the most fulfilling role you will ever have in life. So, how do you know if you are doing a good job? After all, there is no quarterly review on your performance. Here are my five top signs that I use to evaluate myself on a weekly, monthly, quarterly…well every time.
This is my number 1 sign of bad parenting — not taking care of your child’s basic needs, which ranges from your child’s appearance, preparing well balanced meals to simply spending quality time with your child. I have had experiences where one mother told me she has “no time” for play dates, birthday parties or playing with her child in general!
When celebrities walk the red carpet at any event, the first thing everyone wants to know is “who are they wearing?” Well, 18 year old Kyemah McEntyre from New Jersey probably never imagined that her name would create such a buzz at the BET Awards this Sunday.
The high school student designed her own prom dress and, almost instantly, it became one of the most shared photos on social media. The gorgeous Ankara print gown was a different take on the “traditional” prom dress and an inspiring message for young girls who dare to be different and not go with the crowd.
But, this story gets better. Naturi Naughton, who is best known for her role in the movie Notorious and was also a member of the R&B girl group 3LW, reached out to Kyemah and asked her to design a dress for the BET Awards!
History has a way of repeating itself, and since the BET Awards has a history of horrific red carpet fashion…well, you get my point! It’s puzzling that some of the same celebrities who are typically well-dressed at other red carpet events, just show up at the BET Awards like it was an afterthought.
Of course, I’ve noticed the same trend at the Billboard Music Awards. Perhaps, it’s a matter of low expectations on the red carpet that result in limited motivation from both stylists and celebrities. Whatever the reason, it leaves us with too many failed ensembles to call out. Even our favorite dressed celebrities made the list with very little effort.
Rihanna, who decided to skip the red carpet, easily gets best dressed in a Giorgio Armani gold tuxedo shorts suit. Everything about her look was effortless and flawless; from the slicked back ponytail to her simple black sandals.
While I’m not thrilled about these other celebrity looks, the appear to be the best from last night’s popular black and white theme.
I’m so excited that summer is officially here, but along with that comes the daunting task of switching up my beauty routine. As soon as I get one regimen down, here comes another season and more products to buy.
For the past year, I’ve become fully committed to finding more natural and healthier ways of eating and taking care of myself. And so, this summer I plan on using more homemade remedies.
Here are some of my tried and true beauty fixes that you can grab straight from your kitchen. When you think about all the money it costs for some of those manufactured products, these DIY ideas are definitely worth the try.
Lemon Juice for Oily Skin
The secret to keeping your face shine-free this summer is a freshly squeezed lemon! Not only is lemon juice a great astringent, but it also helps to brighten skin and reduce discoloration. Just one teaspoon of lemon juice and one-half teaspoon of distilled water will help to improve your skin tone and decrease oiliness.
It’s grilling season, and we have some delicious Meatless Monday recipes lined up! If you have been following our Meatless Monday challenge on NUBIAMAG, you will all know of my love for tofu and anything spicy!
This recipe combines the sweet and tangy flavor of mango and pineapple with spicy jerk seasoning. It is the perfect coupling of two of my fave ingredients, and a quick and easy option for some weeknight grilling.
Have you tried any meatless grilling recipes? Tweet us your favorite recipes by using the hashtag #MeatlesswithNUBIA.
Summers just aren’t the same now that I’m a mother. As much I look forward to warmer weather and more family time, I dread the responsibility that comes with being The Planner. Things can get even more stressful when it comes to vacations. You know how it is – finding the ideal destination, sticking to the budget, shopping for the trip and lastly, making sure your wardrobe is cute enough for family photos.
If your vacation planning always seem to playout in that order, this blog post is going to make packing for your next getaway so much easier. The first thing you need to do is avoid shopping for too many items that probably won’t make it out of your luggage. Next, make a list of all the essential pieces you’ll need, browse the latest trends and take advantage of sales or similar looks for less (remember, stick to the budget).
I found some must-have pieces that are both stylish and effortless, especially if you have small kids like me. Here’s a rundown of what every fashion savvy mommy needs to vacation in style this summer:
1. The Message T-Shirt or Tank. Whether it’s inspiring, funny, or sexy, you’ll find a message tank or t-shirt to match your personality. This cute message tank (pictured above) from Mango.com is $29.99 and perfect with shorts or skirts.