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I Always Said I Wouldn’t Do These Weird Abuela Rituals… But Here I Am

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Nothing was more fascinating than abuelita’s bathroom. Each drawer and cabinet carried weird (and often smelly) jars. Growing up, I swore to invest in fancy formulas to keep me looking fabulous. Yet, here I am, a couple decades later, adopting some of the same beauty habits of my abuelita.

Vaseline on your pestañas to make them grow.

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Okay, so this theory is a bit controversial and there’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth around it, but abuelita swears by it. And, let’s be honest, this is a cheaper alternative to extensions. So there’s that.

Coca-Cola for shiny hair.

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Celebs have recently made this weird hair treatment a trendy thing, but abuela is the OG spokesperson for it. Why does a Coke rinse work, exactly? Apparently, the acidity in the soda closes the hair cuticle, making the hair look nice and glowy.

Aguacate on the cuticles.

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Apparently mashing avocado on cuticles will keep them from getting dry and cracked. But then again what doesn’t avocado fix?

Cold cream is all your face needs.

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If you’re like me, this little pink jar brings a wave of nostalgia. I can literally smell it as I remember slathering it all over my cheeks when she wasn’t looking.

Baking soda for una sonrisa brillante and… emergency deodorant.

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Weird, right? But before Whitestrips, abuelitas were scrubbing their teeth with baking soda every night and morning. Abuelitas also dust baking soda into just about anything that smells weird… even the pits.

Those cute succulents in her backyard served as a makeup remover and skin soother.

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Before hipsters turned this into the thing to Instagram, abuelita always had it in her backyard in case of any sunburns, dryness or just overall good measure. She even used it as a makeup remover. She was a big aloe vera pusher.

Witch hazel for acne.

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If witch hazel doesn’t ring a bell, maybe agua maravilla will. Ahhh, now you know what I’m talking about. This stuff has been the toner of choice for Latina grandmothers since forever. And, I don’t recall my grandmother ever having a breakout, so I’m guessing that’s her secret.

Coconut oil for dry skin.

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Again, this natural ingredient is the trendiest thing in beauty and lifestyle, but abuela has been shellacing her face, body and hair with it since the beginning of time…er my time, that is.

Salad dressing for a deep conditioning treatment.

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I never knew my grandmother to have a bad hair day and I’m pretty sure mayo and eggs is the reason. So what if your hair smells like a salad for a while?

And last but not least, apple cider vinegar to get rid of dandruff.

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Before Head & Shoulders (and all of its endorsements) abuela chased me with this smelly stuff anytime she saw me so much as scratch my head. But, as an adult, I’ll suffer through the smell since it works like a freaking dream.

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What are your favorite abuelita-approved beauty tips? Spill in the comments below!

Buxom Taps Make-Up Artist And Latino Beauty Influencer Jose Corella For Boy Lip Gloss That They’re Calling ‘Jose’

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Buxom Taps Make-Up Artist And Latino Beauty Influencer Jose Corella For Boy Lip Gloss That They’re Calling ‘Jose’

PRIDE Month is the perfect opportunity to bust out your favorite glam looks and hit up your local LGBTQ scene. However, your look won’t be complete until you make that face as luscious as the rest of you. No matter what your gender identity is, makeup is for everyone and Buxom wants you to know it. So, they reached out to some of their favorite Boy Babes for some shimmering inspiration.

Just in time for PRIDE, Buxom has released their Boy Babes Full-On™ Lip Polish Gloss.

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Now you can shimmer with PRIDE in these four glamorously unique lip polishes. Available for a limited time online and in select retailers, the glosses’ shimmer is designed to catch the eye. Similarly, it especially formulated to give your lips the ideal kissable plump.

It’s the perfect mix of shade and shine!

According to Buxom’s website, the glosses can be worn on their own for a touch of color or over another shade for some added gleam. Also, each of the four shades have a long wear, ultra-moisturizing formula.

In order the create this line of Boy Babes lip gloss, Buxom turned to beauty influencers who know how to get the perfect pout.

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Buxom worked with make-up artist and Latino beauty influencer @JoseCorella for the gloss named “Jose.” A sheer mauve shimmer, the tint is ultra-glamorous and is a great date night hue.

For the gloss called “Cohl,” the cosmetic company teamed up with beauty Youtuber @Cohlsworld. The gloss’ glitzy champagne nude mixes subtly with high fashion. We can imagine wearing this tint while sipping mimosas at brunch.

“Samuel” is the lovechild of Buxom and make-up artist @MakeupBySamuel. Our little Millennial hearts are in love with its rich rosy pink and golden shine. It’s definitely the perfect color for anything on our agendas.

Finally, beauty influencer @ZackaryVang inspired Buxom to create their “Zackery” gloss. It’s rich golden shine is the perfect accessory for our next babes’ night out on the town.

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These shiny glosses are priced at $22 for a 4.5 ml tube. You can get your hands on all of the gorgeous shades at retailers like Ulta Beauty and Sephora. Likewise, you can cop your favorite hue on the Buxom website. Remember, these are only available for June’s PRIDE month, so grab yours today and get ready to shine!

Twitter Is Defending A Texan Makeup Artist After She Was Harassed For Telling A Potential Client She’s Gay

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Twitter Is Defending A Texan Makeup Artist After She Was Harassed For Telling A Potential Client She’s Gay

While the country may be celebrating Pride Month, that does not mean haters and homophobes have gone into hiding. We’re seeing a surge of hate crimes against the gay and trans community, some of them as severe as resulting in death. The latest incident comes out of Texas.

A bride-to-be was planning to hire Kristian Cardenas, a hair and makeup artist out of Lubbock, Texas, but when she found out she was gay, she unleashed hateful words.

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Cardenas shared the appalling texts from a woman who was inquiring about hiring her for her wedding. In the now-viral tweet, the exchange between the two women seemed, at first, to be a typical conversation from a potential customer. Things turned for the worst when the woman pried about Cardenas’ sexuality.

The woman could not let it go that Cardenas was gay.

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The woman texted: “I have a few questions I was wondering if you could answer?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the 22-year-old replied. ‘What are they?’

“Are you gay?” she asked.

“Yes, ma’am, I am,” Cardenas said. “I’m sorry but what does that have to do with your wedding or my services?”

That’s when the lady went off on her.

According to Gay Star News, Cardenas blocked the woman’s phone number after that last text. She also said that the woman’s comment utterly hurt her.

“I cried and was so mad,” she told the publication, and added, “I have very tough skin and feel like I can handle a lot, but when she told me to change who I am and then she’ll book me, I got upset. It’s so sad that someone had to be so rude to me, and they didn’t even know me.”

Instead of retailing against the woman, Cardenas said she shared the texts to show people to be kind to each other.

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Someone on social media blamed Cardenas for sharing too much of her personal life on social media, saying “don’t get mad if people don’t like you for being different.”

She told them on Twitter, I” don’t like this. I am different, everyone is. No two people are the same. Openly sharing my life on my own social media shouldn’t be a bad thing. It’s not that I was offended for someone treating me “differently” it was that her remarks were unnecessary and hurtful.

The most amazing part of this terrible exchange, is that her story has a happy ending.

Fortunately, for every ill-intentioned person, there are hundreds reaching out to Kristian to offer support and kindness.

Kristian has said it has been hard to be accepted especially in Lubbock, Texas.

While this homophobic woman told Kristian she was sinning for being gay…

The lady made no sense whatsoever.

And she was harassed by this woman the entire time…

It’s as if she just wanted to piss her off. We hope she’s seeing the response she’s caused.

Kristian showed so much grace.

She held her composure.

And one thing is for sure, she’s going to get so much more business now.

Thanks, homophobic lady, because of you Cardenas is going to be rolling in clients.

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