It seems like every week a fashion brand is rallying behind a political candidate, collaborating with a nonprofit, or announcing a new sustainability initiative—in other words, companies are trying to prove they are more “conscious.” Being “conscious” has become a talking point. Credit the current political climate or the idea that customers want to shop their values, but more and more designers are being vocal about where they stand on certain issues, and companies are increasingly transparent about their business or manufacturing practices. ×

That doesn't mean the work is easy. I recently founded my own business, The Folklore, an online retail concept store that stocks brands exclusively from Africa and the African diaspora. Already I’ve had to defend the earning potential of African designers to prospective non-African venture capitalists and investors, who were convinced that they wouldn’t sell well among non-African audiences. (Most of the pieces on my site have sold out.) I’ve argued against long-standing stereotypes that paint Africa’s business climate broadly as corrupt. I’ve invested my own money to launch the company, trusting that my vision will translate.

I LOVE this mascara. I have been using it for years. I have tried expensive mascara from high end brands, and everything in between. This is one I always come back to. The formula is great, but I think it’s the brush that does the real magic. I have even thoroughly cleaned the bottle and brush of an old bottle that I was done with, and used the brush with one of my crazy expensive name brand mascaras. The formula does start to get a little clumpy when it starts to get old, or if you keep using too many layers (and I mean like 5 or 6 layers). Thinking about stocking up...just in case they take it away or discontinue it for some reason...
Start with the show stoppers – a glam bedroom set, chandelier dripping with crystals, or velvet sofa – and add shimmering accents, fluffy textiles, and art deco-inspired wall décor. Select pieces with embellishments such as nailhead trim on a glam chair, tufting on an ottoman, or sequins or intricate embroidery on throw pillows to add even more eye-catching detail.
Fashion still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversifying its talent pool. In February 2015 only 2.7 percent of the designers on the New York Fashion Week calendar were black, according to The New York Times; by February 2018 that statistic was still under 10 percent, per The Cut. And there have been regular reminders why this is critical: Designer products resembling blackface or nooses have sparked calls for boycotts and increased demands that companies take steps to diversify and educate their employees and provide new opportunities for people of color. Amid the headlines and outcry, black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business.
The color was fine, but it dried down so quickly once applied, the formula was sticky before it dried down, and my lashes were spidery like I'd never seen with one application! The wand is promising, curved to the lash and the bristles well distributed but something about the product was too thick. It is very effectively waterproof. If you're looking for a subtle mascara look, this isn't the one, but if you're into a dramatic mascara (i.e. a little thick and clumpy) with little room for error during application, this mascara is the one.
While crisp, clean white provides the perfect canvas for any glam look, don't be afraid to take inspiration from your jewelry box and pepper your space with bold and rich color. Pink furniture is a classic pick for glam home décor and pairs easily with amethyst and aquamarine, but consider colors inspired by sapphire, ruby, emerald, or tanzanite to add an extra layer of lavishness to your space.
BEST MASCARA EVER! Man i apply this once a day and it last til the next day. I have long lashes so this product actually made my eyelashes grow.. totally not kidding. i get a lot of compliments and sometimes even get asked if my eyelashes are fake (rude but kind of good at the same time)... meaning they like it. definitely get the PUMPED UP they are talking about I soooo recommend this product. oh! I should mention when taking off the mascara, don't worry, your hairs aren't going to come out like others mascara used to give me that problem because it was wayyy too sticky. ladies, you won't turn back!
Accent your new glam vanity with a glittering, comfortable seat in the Michael Amini Melrose Plaza Vanity Bench . This square bench features a wide seat that's padded with plush foam. The frame is crafted from flattened steel slats and finished in a mirroresque polished chrome. Soft gray fabric upholsters the seat. The edge of the piece is trimmed with a multitude of tiny glass crystals and glimmer in the available light.

Whether you're prepping for a day at work or gearing up to go out with the girls, you'll be perfectly perched with this vanity set. Taking on a contemporary clean-lined silhouette, both the vanity and stool feature a metal frame with openwork cross designs and a metallic finish. A tempered glass top and storage shelf are ideal for keeping all your toiletries corralled, while an adjustable mirror lets you check your look. Plus, its seat is topped off with faux fur for a little luxe allure.

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