Morticians and mortuary makeup artists have become beauty gurus for assisting families in making sure their loved ones look their best at wakes and funerals. Here is how they do it.
“American Beauty” is a new series in which Yahoo Lifestyle takes a virtual cross-country journey to discover what beauty means — reimagining the American flag through the diverse group of faces that make up the United States of America. For our first installment, we’re focusing on Muslim-American women, highlighting what makes this group unique while showcasing the common threads that bring us together.Consumers have certainly become more selective in recent years when shopping for beauty products. Whether they are certified vegan, organic, or both, overall, brands are striving to meet the needs of diverse demographics. It’s a change for the better that doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Halal beauty has become a major part of the conversation when it comes to ethically sourced products and is the perfect solution for Muslim women who are searching for cosmetics that won’t compromise their faith.In an interview with Refinery29, Habib Ghanim, director of ISWA Halal Certification Department and president of USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, explained that “eligible products must not contain any pork, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, blood, alcohol, or carnivorous animals — these items are considered haram, which means ‘forbidden’ in Arabic.“Halal” is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard as prescribed in the Quran (Muslim scriptures). When it comes to certifying beauty, grooming, and other personal care products as halal in the U.S., there are guidelines issued by the USA Halal Chamber of Commerce. The entire process can take several months, as each product is carefully tested to meet specific criteria. Imam Khalid Latif, executive director of New York University’s Islamic Center and co-founder of halal butcher Honest Chops, also told Refinery29, “For an animal slaughtering to be considered halal, the animal must be slaughtered in the name of Allah, meaning it must be killed by hand — or by a specific method of cutting — while a prayer is recited.”Grand View Research, a U.S. based market and research consulting company, shared eye-opening insights that revealed in 2015 the global halal cosmetic market was valued at about $16.3 billion and is expected to reach $52 billion by 2025. The increase in availability will no doubt propel the Muslim beauty market, especially with online shopping destinations such as Pretty Suci leading the charge in showcasing halal beauty offerings.Yahoo Lifestyle did a deep dive to uncover some of the best halal beauty products. Click through to discover nine brands that are revolutionizing traditional markets.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Hijabis may be fashion’s latest darling, but 76% of Muslim-American women still feel judged• Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad’s fight for racial and religious equality in sports: ‘When there’s no seat at the table, you make a seat’• How Muslim style star Leah Vernon decided ‘to be myself, unapologetically’
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Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, and this year, vibrant hair colors were all the rage. From Blac Chyna’s silver waves to Nicki Minaj’s tie-dye strands, hairstyles showed off a burst of hues in different textures and lengths. Scroll through to see the coolest and most colorful hair at the 2018 BET Awards.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• The hair color that gave one woman the confidence to finally ask for a raise• 10 braided hairstyles you should steal from Lupita Nyong’o, Tracee Ellis Ross, and others this summer• Dedicated teacher gets a unicorn-pink hair makeover after students improve test scoresFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Crystal healing practices may date back as far as 6,000 years ago, and the precious stones, which many people value deeply, have now found their way into various lifestyle products such as water bottles, jewelry, face creams, body oils, and more.Within the past few years, the crystal craze has grown. In fact, Etsy recently revealed that during the past year searches within its marketplace for crystal soaps have increased by 57 percent, directly correlating with the e-commerce site’s ethos of “Beauty Positivity,” and myriad Etsy sellers are embracing this belief.“I think it is really a product of where the world is today; we are realizing that all of the modern technology and the pace of life that we currently live in has its effects on us,” Rashia Bell, crystal healer and founder of interior design firm the Cristalline, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “We are finding ourselves looking to many ancient traditions, from reiki and acupuncture to infrared saunas, and incorporating them regularly into our life — so it is not surprising that beauty products would be another vehicle.”Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse and co-author of Crystal Muse: Every Day Rituals to Tune Into the Real You, believes there may be a growing interest in crystals because “in a world that’s always go-go-go, crystals give you a way to press Pause. Working with them helps you to be more intentional about your life and bring in what you want.”For those who may still think the idea of “crystal healing” is bogus, there is scientific research to back up the power of these stones. One of the most popular studies was done by French physicists and brothers Pierre and Jacques Curie. In the late 19th century, the duo discovered that putting pressure on materials such as crystals, ceramics, and bone created electricity. With that, incorporating this kind of energy into your everyday products doesn’t sound like a bad idea if you are looking for a boost.There are specific crystals that are among the most popular stones integrated into lifestyle products, and it’s for good reason, according to crystal aficionados. Bell explains: “Rose quartz is a stone about self-love and self-care, amethyst is for protection, and tiger’s eye is a stone many of us collected as children, so I think the reason why people are drawn to certain stones is very organic and very different for each individual.” She also advises that aquamarine and sapphire are stones often integrated into products because they both emit soothing energy that can translate into “calming” your skin. Pacifica Beauty founder and crystal lover Brook Harvey-Taylor has included crystals in some of her product formulations, and she speaks highly about why some folks are naturally drawn to crystals. “Crystals, like flowers, soothe people with their beauty and connection to the earth. Beyond their beauty, the idea of taking better care of one’s self is not only a trend but a lifestyle,” she says.With that in mind, we have rounded up nine products that may just help make you feel better and channel positive vibes. Scroll through and prepare to be enlightened by some of the best crystal-infused products on the market.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• So Crystal-Embedded Healing Shoes Are a Thing Now• How to Use Healing Crystals (If You’re Into That Kind of Thing)• I Tried a Crystal Bath — and I Think It Worked
"Red is a bold color," Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" began a popular Instagram post. "Boldness has a very strong and vivid appearance. Boldness shows a sense of confidence and courage." Robertson elaborated further for Yahoo Lifestyle.
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National Nail Polish Day is June 1, and what better way to celebrate than to book your next manicure appointment? Now is the perfect time to try a new shade or revisit one you adore. And if you’re not sure which way to go, you can take a hint from stars like Meghan Markle, Ashley Graham, and Beyoncé.Have your credit card ready to shop these editor-approved nail polish colors that will get you one step closer to rocking the magical celeb manis we can’t stop talking about.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Laverne Cox’s Emmy nails and the meaningful message behind them• The reason why Cardi B’s nail lady made her cry on her birthday• If you love steak, get into this raw nail artFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Mari Copeny is quickly becoming a voice for kids all across the country: 'We won't allow our peers to keep getting murdered in their schools.'
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Meghan Markle blissfully shined at the royal wedding. While she kept her makeup minimal for this historic occasion, her newlywed glow has been unstoppable.The new Duchess of Sussex made her first post-wedding public appearance at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, and everyone is obsessing over her royal radiance — which happens to be at an all-time high. While we are sure Prince Harry may have a little (or a lot) to do with her luminous lit-from-within look, we can also bet she is wearing an amazing mix of the brightest highlighters, bronzers, and blushes on the market. If you are wondering how to glow like the duchess, Yahoo Lifestyle has got you covered, with editor-approved products to help you turn up your glow like a royal.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
This year’s Billboard Music Awards had many unforgettable moments, and they began on the red carpet. Instead of blending in with the usual awards-show staple hairstyles such as cascading curls or pin-straight strands, some stars chose to stand out from the rest with gorgeous updos.Armenian-American singer and songwriter Z Lala wore a cone-shaped, embellished hairstyle that was hard to miss, and Taylor Swift opted for a soft, wispy side-swept chignon look. Ahead, Yahoo Lifestyle rounded up 10 of the most amazing updos at the BMAs.Which were your favorites? Sound off below.
U.K.-based photographer Sophie Mayanne is capturing the stories behind women, men, and children with scars, and the photos are going viral for all the right reasons.
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