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Upgrade to a Rose Bun For Your Holiday Parties!
Meet Dr. Kari, the Woman Behind Hollywood’s Goddess Locs
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Upgrade to a Rose Bun For Your Holiday Parties!
<a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/Rose-Bun-Tutorial-Video-32327343"></a>The bun might be your go-to hairstyle when you're trying to keep your hair out of your face. But this twisted style can also be equally chic and beautiful, too, like the top knot, chignon, and even the clever sock bun. Now you can also add the rose bun to your repertoire this holiday season, with this tutorial that's not as difficult as it looks. Learn each of the steps, and get ready to wow everyone at your next party. On Kirbie: <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/Ann-Taylor?utm_source=sugar-brand&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=32327343&pid=22161&pdata=onsugar1922153,32327343" class="ss_inline_link auto_link_filter no_shopsense_url_rewrite" title="Shop for Ann Taylor" target="_blank">Ann Taylor</a> dress
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Meet Dr. Kari, the Woman Behind Hollywood’s Goddess Locs
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Dr-Kari-Goddess-Locs-43522784"></a>Meagan Good, Kelis, and <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Tyra Banks" href="https://www.popsugar.com/Tyra-Banks" target="_blank">Tyra Banks</a> have all rocked her Goddess Locs on red carpets, but find out why.
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Need to Look Good For a Big Event? Add This to Your Facial
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/What-Face-Cupping-43396481"></a>Cupping is not new by any means, but it recently became a topic of discussion after celebrities like <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Michael Phelps" href="https://www.popsugar.com/Michael-Phelps" target="_blank">Michael Phelps</a> and <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Lea Michele" href="https://www.popsugar.com/Lea-Michele" target="_blank">Lea Michele</a> were photographed sporting large, circular bruises on their backs. Sure, this treatment definitely has the "WTF" factor that many might only associate with a celebrity lifestyle, but don't be so quick to attribute it to another odd trend that claims big benefits with little result. Cupping therapy is an ancient method that utilizes a cupping tool to create suction, helping with circulation and ailments like inflammation, similar to a deep tissue massage. It can be extremely relaxing but also extremely effective at helping with pain. I was experiencing a shooting pain down my back anytime I turned my neck, and instead of heading to the doctor, I visited acupuncturist <a href="http://www.clearbalanceacupuncture.com/" target="_blank">Samantha Manka-Segal</a>, L.Ac. In addition to sticking several needles in my back and shoulders, which helped "deflate" the tenseness I was feeling, she cupped my back as well. It "hurt so good," for lack of better words. And my pain seemed to vanish immediately. Now that you know my personal history with cupping, it should be said that I am a huge skeptic with anything beauty related. I didn't get on the microcurrent bandwagon until an esthetician showed me half of my face with the treatment and half of it without - and it looked like I had a partial face lift. I believe that cellulite creams are a scam, as I've yet to find anything at home that bears any result. So when I was told by <a href="https://nursejamie.com/" target="_blank">Nurse Jamie</a>, whose clients include Shay Mitchell and the Kardashians, about <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adeTsh43j7k&t=17s" target="_blank">facial cupping</a>, I was a little hesitant, even with my positive experience with cupping therapy. "It's a little east meets west," Jamie said. The benefits are improving circulation and reducing inflammation, similar to how it works on the body, and it's usually an add-on service to a facial. And because the cups are consistently moving on the skin and only kept on for five to 10 seconds, you won't end up with a bruised face. Just be careful not to leave them suctioned for longer than that. First, a mask was applied to my skin to give it a nice slip for the suctions. Then the cups, which reminded me of those nasal aspirators you use on babies, were suctioned to my face and moved in upward motions for a few seconds at a time. It was extremely relaxing, kind of like a face massage. The best part, though, was the immediate result. After working on one side of my face, I looked in the mirror and saw how lifted that side of my face was compared to the other. Don't believe me? Watch the video to see the process in action and to see my results for yourself.
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Homeless Students Get Dream Prom Makeovers
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Prom-Makeovers-Homeless-Students-43419863"></a>Prom may be a rite of passage, but for thousands of homeless and low-income students in LA, it's simply too expensive to attend. That's where <a href="https://operationschoolbell.org/what-we-do/" target="_blank">Operation School Bell Prom Day</a> comes in. <a href="https://assistanceleaguela.org/" target="_blank">The Assistance League of Los Angeles</a> partners with the LA Unified School District to give 200 low-income and homeless teen girls the ultimate prom experience.
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As Sports Illustrated's Curviest Model, Hunter McGrady Knows Sexy Suits All Sizes
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Hunter-McGrady-Sports-Illustrated-Swimsuit-Interview-43307773"></a> You've seen Hunter McGrady everywhere - the 23-year-old model has been named the "curviest" model to grace Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. (Those <a href="https://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/hunter-mcgrady/2017/body-paint#1" target="_blank">body paint</a> photos aren't easy to forget. Hubba hubba!) Hunter started modeling at 16, coming from a long lineage of models in her family - her mother, grandmother, and aunt were models; her father is an actor. But after being told she was too big at a size two, she took a hiatus from the industry for a few years. She's now a part of <a href="http://www.wilhelmina.com/los-angeles/models/curve/women/637740/hunter-mcgrady" target="_blank">Wilhelmina International's Curve division</a> and has appeared in campaigns for Lane Bryant. Being a plus-size model has its challenges, first being the term "plus-size," according to Hunter. "A size six, in New York, on a modeling board, would be considered plus-size. Fourteen is what really works in the plus-size industry, but it starts at six; I mean, that's insane," Hunter said. It's problematic that "regular sizes" are limited to zero, two, and four, especially when research shows that <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/17543266.2016.1214291?scroll=top&needAccess=true" target="_blank">67 percent of women in America are size 16-18</a>. "That's 17 percent more than half the population," Hunter reiterated. "So why is it just now becoming such a big thing?" The term "plus-size" also has a connotation that Hunter feels separates her from other models, when the reality is the only difference is her size. "I would love to just be called a model. I think that labeling plus-size, curve, full-figure, whatever it is . . . I understand that some people need that clarification," Hunter said. "For me, I'm just a model. I show up, I do the same job as everyone else, I get paid the same, everything is the same. You wouldn't say, 'size zero model so-and-so.'" Further, people tend to think being a curve model means having fewer restrictions or, according to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PopSugarBeauty/videos/10155983429774863/" target="_blank">some of the comments</a> on a version of this video that appeared on Facebook, that curve models are "unhealthy." "I think people think that we can get away with looking however we want. They're like, 'Whatever, she's a curve model. She doesn't have to work out, she doesn't have to eat well.' Which isn't true. I have a personal trainer, I eat clean. But on the other spectrum, there is a pressure to have the Coke bottle body, to be really tight. Someone's always going to want you to be thicker," Hunter said. Watch Hunter's full interview on Pretty Unfiltered, which has new episodes every Wednesday on POPSUGAR Girls' Guide, and let us know your favorite moment in the comments below.
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YouTube Sensation Gigi Gorgeous: "Even Though I'm Transgender, My Family Loves Me"
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Gigi-Gorgeous-Transitioning-Her-Family-Interview-43170217"></a> Giselle "Gigi" Lazzarato, known to her millions on YouTube as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/GregoryGORGEOUS" target="_blank">Gigi Gorgeous</a>, is the first Youtuber to have a film premiere at Sundance as an official selection - and was recently announced as the first transgender ambassador for Revlon. This is Everything, a documentary the showcases Gigi's life, transition from male to female and her relationship with her family, premiered on YouTube Red February 8th. The film, directed by Oscar-award winner Barbara Kopple, took the power out of Gigi's hands - something different for the content creator. "Once we signed up with Barbara Kopple, she said, 'You know, I want to film you.' And I said, 'You know what? There's no other way to do it than to pray to God and to wipe my hands clean of it, and let it be,'" said Gigi. Gigi, who started by filming makeup tutorials as Gregory Gorgeous in 2008, appears to live a glamorous life on YouTube and Instagram, with lavish vacations, custom-made gowns and photos with celebrities like <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Katy Perry" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Katy-Perry" target="_blank">Katy Perry</a>, but she isn't without her own struggles. "I only post what I want people to see. But I feel like, you won't be able to really feel the outpouring love and positivity of the highs if you don't feel the lows," said told us. Those lows include the death of her mother, Judy, in 2012. Judy battled leukemia and did not live to see Gigi's transition. Her mother's death is what inspired her to come out as transgender. "Of course I'm going to be posting about the tragic losses I've had in my life, or my sexual identity every day on Instagram. That is what my YouTube channel is for: honesty, openness and authenticity," said Gigi. Last year, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HclVrFsAnY" target="_blank">she came out as a lesbian on her channel</a> - the video has 2.3 million views. Gigi's hope is that This Is Everything will help to inspire people to accept and love themselves. "I want to inspire youth. They are so lucky they have amazing role models and an open-minded generation and society," Gigi told us. "I really want people to take away from the film that you can chase your dreams, and you can achieve them, and you can achieve love in your friends and your family, even if they don't initially give that to you," said Gigi. "It's about the struggle and overcoming it. Even though I'm transgender, my entire family still loves me, and everything is fine in that aspect of my life. Of course there are other things going on, you're trying to overcome more obstacles in your life, but that's just life." <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10WmFYiMnoI" target="_blank">This is Everything</a> is currently streaming on YouTube Red. Be sure subscribe to POPSUGAR Girls' Guide for new episodes of Pretty Unfiltered every Wednesday.
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Jessica Alba: I Was Told I Wasn't "Caucasian Enough to Play the Leading Lady"
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Jessica-Alba-Her-Ethnicity-Video-43132591"></a> <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Jessica Alba" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Jessica-Alba" target="_blank">Jessica Alba</a> is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, but at the start of her career, she had trouble finding roles. "They couldn't figure out my ethnicity. I would always go out for 'exotic,'" said Jessica, <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/latina/Jessica-Alba-Her-Mexican-Background-42250697">whose father is Mexican-American</a>. "They were like, 'You're not Latin enough to play a Latina, and you're not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady, so you're going to be the 'exotic' one.' Whatever that was." The entrepreneur and mother of two wasn't sure how to tackle being categorized in that manner. "That was kind of a weird thing to wrestle with, because I never had to look at myself that way or stick myself in a bucket. So I was more determined to be a leading lady to show that girls can look like me, and we can be leading ladies," Jessica said. Jessica started <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.honest.com%2F&pid=uid921-3589-70" target="_blank">The Honest Company</a> in 2011 and broke into skin care and cosmetics in 2015 with <a href="https://www.honestbeauty.com/" target="_blank">Honest Beauty</a>, which stemmed from not being able to find cosmetics that suited her skin tone growing up. "The philosophy around starting this beauty line is about enhancing who you are instead of cover up and turn you into somebody else," Jessica said. "I didn't feel like, when I was younger, that there were a lot of things offered to women of color. I found it really difficult to find even a foundation that had the right mix of yellow undertones and a little bit of pink . . . I'm definitely a blend of the two. I would have makeup artists constantly talk to me about how hard it was to match my skin tone." The Honest Company is valued at $1.7 billion and is, reportedly, <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/09/confirmed-honest-company-in-talks-to-sell/" target="_blank">in talks to sell</a>. Watch the video to learn more about Jessica's beauty philosophy, and stay tuned for part two of this interview, in which Jessica discusses how Latinas are a force to be reckoned with.
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This Woman Doesn't Put Anything on Her Skin That She Wouldn't Eat
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Raw-Veganism-Saved-My-Life-Fully-Raw-Kristina-42853081"></a> For Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, who vlogs regularly from her channel, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FullyRawKristina" target="_blank">Fully Raw Kristina</a>, going raw vegan wasn't just a choice - it was a necessity. "I used to be a type 2 diabetic, which is essentially hyperglycemic, which is basically someone who is very sick. I used to be extremely underweight," said Kristina. The daughter of Lebanese and Ecuadorian parents, she grew up eating a high-fat diet. "I basically drank olive oil as a child," Kristina joked. What she wasn't kidding about was the affect it had on her health. "When I was diagnosed at 16, I looked normal, but at 18 I had lost 40 pounds." That's why Kristina says changing her diet changed her life. "Most people don't realize that food can be medicine, for you mentally, spiritually, physically," Kristina said. For the past decade, Kristina has been a raw vegan - which inspired her YouTube channel - and according to her, it means she consumes a diet made of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. For her, changing how she consumed food was like medicine. Kristina has been a raw vegan for 10 years now, which led her to establish a <a href="https://www.rawfullyorganic.com/" target="_blank">raw organic co-op in Houston</a> and then to her YouTube channel. She's focused on putting food in her body that will cleanse and take care of it, but she's equally as diligent about what she puts on her skin, too. "I don't put anything on my skin that I wouldn't eat," Kristina said. "Your skin is your largest, most absorbable organ on your body. If you're constantly putting a ton of chemicals on your skin, it may affect how you feel." Check out the full interview to learn more about Kristina and her lifestyle, plus get a supereasy <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.popsugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> shampoo recipe. You can also pick up Kristina's book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fully-Raw-Diet-Exercise-Recipes/dp/0544559118/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482251153&sr=8-1&keywords=fully+raw+diet" target="_blank">The Fully Raw Diet</a>, out now.
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This 16-Year-Old Snowboarding Prodigy Shows Off Her Personality With Gorgeously Vibrant Hair
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Chloe-Kim-Snowboarding-Hair-Interview-42846068"></a> For 16-year-old <a href="https://www.instagram.com/chloekimsnow" target="_blank">Chloe Kim</a>, snowboarding was always a passion. The Mammoth, California native always felt tied to the slopes, and she's dominated the field as a woman and a teenager: she was the first athlete to win two X Game gold medals before the age of 16, and the first woman to pull off back-to-back 1080s. Needless to say, her star is rising, and while she was too young to compete in Sochi's 2014 Olympics, she's certainly a shoe-in for South Korea in 2018 - an exciting opportunity for her, as she's Korean-American. Chloe is changing the face of snowboarding most certainly due to her young age, but also with her personality-driven aesthetic. Her hair is never the same color for long, as she loves going to the salon and testing out vibrant blues, fuchsias, violets, and more. "I feel like a lot of people feel like snowboarding is really tomboyish. That is not true!" said Chloe. "A lot of my friends love fashion . . . me and my snowboarding girlfriends go shopping when we can," said Chloe. Recently, Chloe was named the first-ever North American ambassador for Korean cosmetics brand <a href="http://www.laneige.com/us/en/main.html" target="_blank">Laneige</a>. Check out the full interview to learn more about Chloe, and let us know your favorite part of the interview in the comments section below.
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We Tested Out the Biggest Beauty Launch of the Year
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Dyson-Hair-Dryer-Review-42858821"></a>The Dyson hair dryer has been lauded as the biggest beauty launch of the year, and for good reason: this is unlike any hair dryer we've ever seen before. It claims to be quieter but stronger and comes with a variety of cool bells and whistles, like magnetic attachments and a gorgeous leather case to store it in. But does it work as great as it claims it does? We put it to the test and decided whether it's worth the investment. (Or not.) On Kirbie: H&M top