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At Just 6 Years Old, She Told Her Parents To Put An End To The Birthmark Removal Treatments She Was Going Through

Mariana Mendes was born with a nevus birthmark on her face and she is flaunting it. At first, her family was determined to find a way to get rid of the birthmark covering her face for fear that she would be bullied by kids in school.

But when she was 6 years old they gave up – and she is glad because she loves it. Now, Mendes is on a mission to share her story with the world and encourage others to love their own nevus birthmarks regardless of where they are on their bodies.

Mariana Mendes is using her own nevus birthmark to encourage people to embrace and love their own.


According to Nevus.Org, nevus is a broad term that can be used “describe virtually any mole or birthmark.” For Mendes, she has a congenital melanocytic nevus which simply means she has an area on her body with heavy pigmentation that has been present since birth, a.k.a. a birthmark.

Mendes, who is from Juiz de Fora, Brazil, told O Globo that her parents started to treat the birthmark with lasers in São Paulo when she was a young girl. When she was 6 years old they asked if she wanted to continue the treatment. She said no.

Mendes says that she doesn’t care what people think about her birthmark.

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“Some people do like it, others don’t, some love it and others hate it – I get a very mixed response,” Mendes told Metro. “I have been told by a few people that it’s ‘ugly’ or ‘strange,’ but it doesn’t bother me that’s just their opinion and I think it’s beautiful.”

In fact, Mendes thinks that her nevus actually sets her apart from the rest of the people out there.


“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” Mendes told Metro. “Having a nevus that is as large as mine is not common, so of course there are many people who stare and who don’t like it, but I don’t care. A lot of people ask me about my birthmark, sometimes they think it’s makeup or a tattoo but I don’t mind and explain it to them.”

Mendes is using her experience with her nevus to encourage girls to embrace their birthmarks despite what some might tell them.

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Part of how Mendes is getting the message of self-love and acceptance out is by a series of photo shoots she did. She hopes that by sharing these photos with the world, women everywhere will love themselves, blemishes and all.

Mendes did tell O Globo that she is happy she hasn’t had to change her appearance too much because her nevus isn’t hindering her health, but she does get it looked at.

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“I have not had any changes yet, and the nevus does not harm my health,” Mendes told O Globo. “If it’s stable, it’s because it has no sign of risk.”


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Latinas Are Sharing The Best Tips For Applying Eyeliner

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Latinas Are Sharing The Best Tips For Applying Eyeliner

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Just about everyone who loves makeup has heard the infamous adage about a cat-eye: “Never ask a woman with a cat-eye why she’s late.”

The thing is that it’s true. For most of us anyway, learning how to apply the perfectly drawn cat-eye takes years and years of practice. And even then we don’t always get it right the first time! To get the best secrets about applying the best cat-eye we asked our FIERCE readers for the best advice on how to apply a good cat-eye and boy did they deliver!

Check out the answers below!


“Approach with confidence. Winged liner can smell your fear.”- hichewlove

“Kat Von D Tattoo liner CHANGED MY LIFE.”- zimmyloo

“Voting.” –bevthegreat

“Pray.” – chichichatz

“Pray🙏🏽.” – emaleebee12

“NYX professional make up eyeliner! That’s the point eyeliner! It’s my fave!!!” –dreawashere

“Tape 🙌🏽” – solrodr

“My secret is a brow brush! It has the best shape and gets really precise tips.” –lianakayarr

“You will need any eye liner, a q-tip and a pack of makeup remover wipes Draw the wing, doesn’t matter if it looks neat or even matches at first. Take the q-tip and press the cotton into the makeup remover pack. You now have a eyeliner corrector without using a whole sheet or concealer 💥 💥💥. Erase away the part of the wing you don’t want and shape to your liking. Re-dip if you need more. I use this every time I want a smaller wing.”- n.a.t.t.y_b

“I start by outlining the wing and then fill it in.”- jesstaco_food

“Steady hand & a prayer.” – __geminisantiago__

“Make the wing outline on your non-dominant side and then match it on the other. (If youre right handed, starting on left eye). I found it to be a lot easier that way!” –bluntdivaenergy

“The sharpie PEN as an outline.” – myrealnameisdrake_


“I use Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner (it’s kind of like a fine, felt tip marker) to outline on the lid then go in and outline the wings and fill in everything with Milani’s Stay Put Matte Eyeliner (which is a liquid).”- la_savanita

“Stilla.” – santo.santo

“Almay.” –lunaysolmoz

“Use eyeshadow to trace and then go in with your favorite eyeliner.” –artsyannaart

“I’ve been putting liquid liner since I was 15. Kat Von D tattoo liner is the best hands down!!! I see a lot of people start from the wing 🚫 don’t do that. If you want that perfect swish at the end. You gotta start from the inner corner of your eye. Start thin and gradually apply pressure to thicken the line. Once you get to the end of the eye, stop and continue your swish. I always follow the crease of my eye for where to position my angle. Always make sure to go back and get that bottom outer corner for the full swish effect. ✨ In fewer words, as said by Hermione Granger, ‘swish and flick!’”- primalys

“Put concealer around it it give you that sharp nice looking effect.”- jetsemanytamayo

“Rest the end of your hand against the side of your eye by your cheekbone and dont stop until you made the full line.”- bori_bomba

“Wing them outside in.”- nyccurve

“Just use the stamp and get on with your day.” – thevickeys

@sweetstreetcosmetics has thee best eyeliner and the perfect tip to create the perfect wing!!!!”- jesstaco_food

@lianakayarr it’s your time to shine baby.” – mrs2saintsperez

@reinarebelde’s rebel eye definer liquid in Zapatista is my go to! 👌🏽❤️❤️❤️ it doesn’t smear at alllll.”- pwr_girlz

“I’ve been using the @stilacosmetics stay all day liquid eyeliner for years. Others don’t seem to stay on me all day and I use the pen like tip to create it.”- miriguti

“Practice! And liner with a brush tip like @urbandecaycosmetics or @nyxcosmetics. I wanna try @sweetstreetcosmetics I heard their liner is amazing too!” –bitches.have.boundaries

“I love @sweetstreetcosmetics eyeliner! Amazing.” –jackiengigi

“The best is the one from @thekatvond.”-xv_photography

@nyxcosmetics matte liquid eyeliner is the goat of all eyeliners.” – _xoangeles

“Practice and a steady hand! Acceptance that one eye ALWAYS looks better than the other and it must be a brush tip! My top two are @kvdveganbeauty tattoo liner is a game changer 🙌🏼 @nyxcosmetics Epic Ink Eyeliner does not budge and if you’re on a budget this is a great option!” –just_caro66

“Follow the waterline and set with eyeshadow.”- ainhoanegro

“One little bottom line on one eye. Then another line on the other eye. Make sure theyre even and then fill it in starting from the lash line. If the lines arent even then its a lot easier to just erase the line instead of the whole wing you just did.”- mariela_romero_

“Lots of practice and a slow strokes if you have a shaky hand like me.” –xtina_ace

@thebalm Shwing liner!”- lily_a90

“PATIENCE.” –yourstrulymell

“Clean it up w a concealer brush underneath the wing!”- elisaeatsapizza

@artbyanitaheart time to give up your secret.” –jessy.mndz

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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If you’re looking to be more intentional about where you spend your cash, Nordstrom has just made your efforts to support Black-owned businesses easier.

The department store recently launched a new Inclusive Beauty online shopping category to highlight Black businesses. In a post to the site’s Inclusive Beauty landing page, Nordstrom encouraged users to “Check out these need-to-know Black-founded beauty brands that we’re proud to have in the Nordstrom family.” The new category includes beloved lines like  Brioge, Epara and Beauty Bakerie!

Even better, the Inclusive Beauty section features a wide range of makeup shades to suit all complexions as well as hair products like silk pillowcases, and hairpieces.

Check out some of the featured Black-owned Beauty brands below!

Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Hair Mask

$28NordstromSHOP NOW

Briogeo Repair Rituals Hair Care Set

Briogeo

$20NordstromSHOP NOW

Baby Tress 3-in-1 Edge Styler™ Tool Blush

Baby Tress

$15NordstromSHOP NOW

Epara Hydrating Mist

$56NordstromSHOP NOW

Beauty Bakerie Black Blending Egg Makeup Sponge Set

Beauty Bakerie

$18NordstromSHOP NOW

BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector Cream

$65NordstromSHOP NOW

Mantl Face + Scalp Invisible Daily SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

Mantil

$27NordstromSHOP NOW

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