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Reviewed: The Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap

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Sleeping with Black hair, no matter the style, usually means having it protected somehow. Whether that’s a bonnet, scarf, du-rag, satin/silk pillowcase—Black women and men have been protecting our hair when we sleep for centuries. My method of sleep protection usually depends on the style I’m rocking at the moment; however, I may have finally found the product to work with any style. I tried the Grace Eleyae SLAP (Satin-Lined Cap), and it’s the first product to comfortably stay on through the night, no matter the style, and prevent frizz. Here’s why it’s become the most important step in my entire hair routine and why it is worth the splurge:

 

About Grace Eleyae:

Grace Eleyae makes protective hair accessories that are fashionable and functional. All of their silk and satin-lined products eliminate hair-damaging friction, lock in moisture, and help distribute your hairs’ natural oils throughout your scalp. Cotton, like on a traditional bonnet or on your pillowcase, causes a lot of friction against your hair. This can encourage frizziness, tangles,  and breakage. Your hair glides right over satin and silk, keeping it feeling healthier and stronger over time. 

While their products include turbans, headbands, and satin-lined baseball hats, I tried the Original Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) in a size medium.

The Slap is most similar to a bonnet but instead of being puffy and full of room for your hair to move around in your sleep, the Slap has a slimmer fit but stretches where needed. It comes in size medium or large and has an elastic band that keeps the Slap in place. However, they do also have an adjustable slap if you want a more precise fit.









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The Original Slap Satin Lined Cap

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Staying Power

10/10

This is what you came here for; because if it doesn’t stay on through the night, there’s really no point. Rest assured, this product will still be on in the morning. So far, I’ve used the Slap with multiple styles, and it’s stayed on for all of them. From my thick, 4C, curly hair in a pineapple with the Slap on top to hip-length box braids, I stuff all my hair inside and it doesn’t move. I was very surprised it even fit all of my braids (and still covered my roots and edges in the front), but the material has just the right amount of stretch to it.

 

Protection

8/10

The Slaps are lined with charmeuse satin, so your hair glides against the fabric to eliminate frizz and lock in moisture, unlike cotton which can cause too much friction and lead to breakage. The satin protects your follicles and creates the optimal environment for hair growth. Depending on the style, it can help preserve hairstyles like a silk press, your natural texture, curls on straight and wavy hair, and protective styles like box braids; however, I would still use a scarf for certain styles like sleek ponytails or laying my edges where I don’t want the front of my hair to move at all during my sleep.

 

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Style

9/10

The Slap comes in 12 colors and really is cute enough to wear in public without looking like you just rolled out of bed. It’s great for when I want to deep condition my hair for a few hours, I’ll just put my hair in a plastic shower cap then put the Slap on top, and I’m good to go. They also have even more fashionable products, like their gorgeous printed turbans that are THE statement piece of any outfit while offering the same protection as the Slap.

 

Price

10/10

You can get an Original Slap for $13 (or $20 for the adjustable) at Sephora. I know a regular bonnet is only a few dollars in comparison, but this one is better quality, protects my hair better, and is definitely worth the price.

 

Final Thoughts

37/40

Overall, I can’t get enough of this product, and I highly recommend it. It does exactly what it sets out to do and is an improvement upon the bonnets I’ve been wearing over the years. I can’t wait to try more of their products like the Kemi Print Turban and Satin-Lined Baseball Hat.

 









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The Original Slap Satin Lined Cap

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What Successful Women Have In Their Sunday Routine






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We’ve all fallen victim to a bad case of the Sunday Scaries. You know what I’m talking about: those days where all you can do is lay in bed and binge an entire Netflix series, feeling sad that the weekend is over and worried about the stressors that Monday will bring. But news flash: the weekend is not over, and how you spend your Sundays can ease a lot of those Monday stressors. In fact, the most successful women know their Sunday routine can make or break their entire week. Read on for eight Sunday rituals that successful women never skip. 

 

1. Clean your home

You might not think you’re a neat freak, but trust me when I say that you will sleep better with the shower cleaned and the dishes put away. Plus, your week will feel so much more manageable when some of those chores you put off (looking at you, pile of dirty laundry) are already taken care of. Clutter in your home leads to clutter in the mind, so a one-hour deep clean or a quick closet reorganization can make a huge difference in not only your home environment, but how you feel for the rest of the week. If those major chores (like organizing the junk drawer) feel overwhelming, start with a quick clean-up of the kitchen (doing dishes and wiping up counters), tidy up the living room (fold throw blankets and stack coasters), and declutter your bedroom (that means putting away the clothes on your “worn-but-not-yet-ready-for-laundry chair–I know you have one!).

 

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2. Map out the week

If your go-to for coping with Sunday Scaries is to completely ignore the fact that work starts again tomorrow, this one is for you. You may think that not acknowledging your to-do list is the best way to deal, but even if hours of Netflix helps you “forget,” you still know Monday morning is coming, leaving you with dread, anxiety, and a whole lot of stress at 9 a.m. the next day. The ideal way to set up your week for success and feel a lot better when Monday morning comes along is to plan out the week in advance. Review your upcoming schedule, add in time to prepare for big meetings or presentations, and include time for when you’ll actually get those things on your to-do list checked off. You’ll feel much more in control and will be better prepared throughout the week. 

 

3. Prep your meals and wardrobe

Speaking of being prepared, another way to help you feel in control of the week ahead is to meal prep and plan out your outfits. We make a lot of decisions every single day, even just within the first few minutes of waking up: whether or not to hit snooze, when to turn on the coffee pot, what to make for breakfast, and what to wear (which is approximately 1000 different decisions). No wonder we all feel exhausted or overwhelmed when we’re required to make decision after decision throughout the work day itself. No matter how big or small, decisions add up–decision fatigue is real.

But good news: you can spend your Sundays to limit your decision making throughout the week. Prep your meals in advance (whether that looks like actually chopping veggies and making easy dishes, or just writing out a plan and making a grocery list) and plan out outfits (including which shoes you’ll pack to transition into happy hour on Thursday). You’ll limit some of the decision fatigue throughout the week so you can spend more time on those really important decisions, but you also might find yourself excited for those meals or that power outfit, instead of dreading the week ahead. 

 

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4. Set goals

Yes, Sundays are not just for self-care or laziness; they can also be for goal-setting. Think about what specific, attainable things you want to accomplish by next week, and how they relate to your bigger goals. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn piano, add in a goal to practice for a total of two hours by next Sunday. If you wish you exercised more, set a goal to attend three workout classes at any point throughout the week, and then schedule in when they’re going to happen. If you want to be in a relationship, plan to go on one date this week, or if you’re dying for a promotion, set an intention to connect with your boss. No matter what your goals or intentions are, check in with what you want out of life setting them. You’ll feel more excited for your week, but will also feel like you’re making progress towards those huge life goals.

 

5. Unplug

PSA for whoever needs to hear it: you do not have to (and should not) be “plugged in” 24/7. If your weeks feel overwhelming and Sundays are scary, consider doing a temporary digital detox to reduce stress. When we’re constantly bombarded by Instagram, work emails, or even that never-ended group text, we can feel like we’re constantly missing out on something (I like to call it chronic FOMO). Turning off your phone for a few hours helps reduce that overwhelm and can allow you to actually relax. Try a full unplug and turn off all screens to read a book, take a walk with your dog, or do something creative, or just put your phone in the other room while you unwind with your favorite show for a couple hours. 

 

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6. Set Monday morning alarm for a few minutes earlier

I get it: Monday mornings are a rude awakening. That 6 a.m. alarm is probably the last thing you want to hear, and you’re tempted to sleep in until the last second possible to savor the last of your weekend bliss. But hitting the snooze button can lead to a rushed morning so you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and behind before you even start your workday. Instead, set your alarm on Sunday night for 10-15 minutes earlier the next morning. Whether you spend the extra time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you will not miss the 10 minutes of extra sleep, and feel much more prepared for the workday and entire week ahead. 

 

7. Read something 

One of the best secrets of successful women? Reading. Many of us have a plethora of excuses when it comes to reading more often. “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have any new books,” and “How am I expected to do anything else in my free time when all six seasons of Sex and the City are on Hulu!?” are excuses I personally use on a regular basis. But reading is not only enjoyable; it’s good for you. Whether it’s winding down before bed, taking a break in the afternoon, or as a way to kick off your Sunday, fit in some time to read during the day to inspire you and help you feel motivated for the week ahead. As for what to read? Check out these inspiring books or books to educate yourself to help you grow in both your success and life goals. 

 

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8. Get your inbox to zero

If your Monday mornings feel like a race against the clock starting the second you wake up, set your week up for success by getting ahead with your emails. While Sundays should feel like Sundays (rather than an extension of the workweek), spending just 10-20 minutes getting some work done will help you start your week already feeling ahead. If emails are a source of stress, tackle your inbox, or if scheduling feels like a tedious task on Monday mornings, plan out your meetings and deadlines the day before. Just think about how good your Monday morning will feel when your inbox is already at zero.

 

9. Have a financial check-in

Self-care doesn’t always mean bubble baths or face masks. Sometimes, self-care means being an independent adult and doing what you can to feel in control of your finances. While having a detailed financial plan and setting goals can help you reduce money-related stress and achieve what you want in life, feeling in control of your finances doesn’t always require a lot of time and energy. Spend fives minutes on Sunday to glance over your bank account and credit card statements. Getting in the habit of frequently checking in can help identify fraud early on and will also give you a good idea of where you’re spending and where you can be saving. Set a financial goal for the week, whether it’s to put a certain amount of cash into your savings account or invest in a course or service that will improve your wellbeing. 

 

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What to Watch Next, Based on Your Zodiac Sign






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We don’t know about you, but we might actually spend as much time deciding what to watch as we do actually enjoying a series. And while we love to explore what’s out there in the streaming universe, we’re busy people—and so are you. In the interest of maximizing your time and getting you to the good stuff, we’ve made it our mission to help you find your next “so-good-you-recommend-to-everyone-else” series.

And while we await the creation of a dating app that will match us with a show based on our personality traits, we’re turning to the next best thing: Your next series to binge-watch is written in the stars. Here’s what to watch based on your Zodiac sign:

 

 





 

Succession

Where to stream: HBO

Number of seasons: 2

Aries are known to be passionate, independent, ambitious, and competitive as hell, which makes Succession an obvious choice for the Aries in need of a new binge-watch. In this HBO drama, we meet the Roy family, who controls Waystar Royco, an international media conglomerate. As the aging patriarch of the company and father of the family contemplates what the future holds, the rest of the family struggles for power and control as loyalties collide. 

 





 

Suits

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Peacock

Number of seasons: 9

Tauruses think deeply about all things money, love, and career, which makes Suits the perfect binge-watch on a weekday night. In this legal drama, a team of lawyers is launched into a battle for power when a new partner joins the firm. With heartbreaking betrayals, fiery romances, witty banter, and nine seasons, this one will keep you entertained from start to finish.

 





 

Behind Her Eyes

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Geminis might just be one of the most dynamic signs of all: They’re versatile, expressive, curious, passionate, and they love a good plot twist in their choice of entertainment. By the standards of any Gemini, Behind Her Eyes, a psychological, supernatural thriller with a touch of romance, is worth the watch. With twists and turns they’ll never see coming, it’s a show that they’ll recommend to anyone who will listen.

 





 

The Chair

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

While Cancers are known to be a bit intense, they have a funny side with a dry sense of humor—kind of like one of Netflix’s newest dark comedies, The Chair. When a woman at a large university becomes the first woman of color to step into the role of Chair, she is challenged with meeting the conflicting demands and high expectations of saving a failing English department. While the content is urgent in nature, it makes room for dry humor that will make you fall in love with the first season and long for a second. 

 





 

Real Housewives of Potomac

Where to stream: Hulu, Peacock

Number of seasons: 5

If there’s one sign we secretly wish that we could all be, it’s a Leo. Known famously for being outgoing, firey, self-assured, and adventurous, Leos deserve a show that’s as bold as they are. And when we think unapologetically fabulous, we think of Real Housewives of Potomac. With five seasons, a ton of “did she just say that?” drama, and bold personalities all around, this reality TV series serves up all of the tea you could ever want.

 





 

Grace and Frankie

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend must have never met a Virgo. Virgos are the Golden Retriever of the zodiac signs: bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous. And what better storyline of female friendship than our all-time favorite comedy-drama series, Grace and Frankie? This rivals-turned-friends storyline is one that we hold near and dear to our hearts and one that keeps us laughing for hours on end.

 





 

Dear White People

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 4

Libras are lovers of balance, justice, and exploring multiple viewpoints, and for that, we can’t help but recommend one of our all-time favorites, Dear White People. In this comedy-drama series based on the film with the same name, a group of students of color at Winchester University use irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty, and humor to highlight issues that still plague today’s “post-racial” society.

 





 

The Queens Gambit

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Scorpios tend to be pretty intense. They’re passionate, stubborn, brave, and unafraid of controversy, making The Queen’s Gambit a guilty pleasure for Scorpios everywhere. In this drama miniseries, a young chess prodigy will do anything to rise from an orphanage to the world stage, no matter the cost. While grappling with mental health issues, romance, and addiction, her will to become the greatest remains unwavering in the face of conflict.

 





 

Outer Banks

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

We love a Saggitarius—extroverted, optimistic, funny, generous, and a born-adventurer—just as much as they would love both seasons of Outer Banks. This action-adventure mystery has it all: on-point chemistry between characters, a wild treasure hunt, a bit of humor, and a ton of mystery that will keep you coming back for more. With a recurrent theme of friendship and an action-packed plotline, you’ll want to finish both seasons in one sitting.

 





 

Peaky Blinders

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 5

Capricorns are serious, tenacious, disciplined, detail-oriented, and intelligent, which makes them the perfect viewer for the critically acclaimed series Peaky Blinders. This British crime drama tells the tale of a notorious gang led by the fierce (and easy-on-the-eyes) crime boss, Tommy Shelby, who will do whatever it takes to move his family up in the world, no matter the cost. While the beginning of the series takes some setup and time to gain momentum, Capricorns’ affinity for discipline and detail is perfect for the high-investment, high-reward payoff.

 





 

Ted Lasso

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Number of seasons: 2

Aquarians deserve a show as fun-loving, sweet, and quirky as they are, so it would be no surprise if Ted Lasso was at the top of their watch list. In this outstanding comedy series, Ted Lasso, a small-time football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team overseas with no experience, takes on an uphill battle of bringing a team together with optimism and underdog determination. It’s a feel-good show that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t hop on it sooner.

 





 

Never Have I Ever

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

Pisces are creative, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, sympathetic, and totally wear their hearts on their sleeves, so they’ll definitely fall head-over-heels in love with Never Have I Ever. In this coming-of-age romance meets comedy meets drama, we meet Dev—a witty, first-generation Indian American teenager who wants to make the most of her social life in the wake of a traumatic year. 

 

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How pH Balance Could Be Destroying Your Hair

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In the last 10 years, I’ve probably spent a quarter of all of my earnings on my hair. Between consistent cuts, changing colors, new products, tools, and about a thousand shampoos and conditioners, I’ve forked up a considerable amount of cash to keep my hair healthy and looking good. But I’ve recently discovered that my efforts have likely gone a little unnoticed because I was missing a crucial part: making sure my hair had a healthy pH balance.

“I’ve seen many adverse effects on my clients’ hair over the years from consistent lack of pH balance,” said Nina Lemtir, a previous salon owner and hair and wellness coach. If your hair is feeling just a bit “off,” pH might be to blame.

Meet the expert
Jill Turnbull
PROFESSIONAL HAIRSTYLIST
Turnbull is a professional hairstylist and the founder of Jill Turnbull Beauty.

 

What is pH?

Taking it back to chemistry class, potential of hydrogen (what we know as “pH”) refers to the activity of hydrogen ions (molecules that carry a negative or positive charge) in a water-based solution. A pH is considered acidic if it’s anywhere between 0 and 6.9, while 7 is neutral and anything from 7.1 to 14 is considered alkaline. The scalp has a natural pH of 5.5, meaning it’s acidic. How does this impact your scalp? Well, our skin is mostly made of water, and the pH can change how our skin retains it, including the skin on our scalp.

 





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Why is a pH-balanced scalp important?

“If you’re not using pH-balanced hair care, you’re likely doing unintentional damage to your hair and scalp,” said professional hairstylist Jill Turnbull. “When you use hair care that is not pH balanced, your hair becomes temporarily acidic or alkaline, depending on the pH level. This causes the cuticle to stay open and become more receptive to damage.”

This is impactful regardless of hair type, but it’s especially important in the natural hair community. To keep your curls moisturized and defined, your scalp naturally produces more oil than straight or wavy hair, making your pH even more acidic. Using a product with a pH of 7 or higher is prone to causing extra frizziness in your curls, scalp dryness, and irritation.

 

How do we keep our hair pH-balanced?

It’s normal for our hair’s pH balance to sway back and forth a bit due to water (which has a natural pH of 7), our environment, the sun, and more. When our hair is consistently put in an alkaline state thanks to our products, that’s when we experience dryness, irritation, flaking, itchiness, and more. 

If you want more of a quick fix, trichologist (someone who studies and focuses on hair health and scalp) Shab Reslan suggested using apple cider vinegar alone. “If somebody wants another natural way to lower their hair’s pH, they could do an apple cider vinegar rinse using three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a bottle of water and rinsing their hair with that.”

On the other hand, making sure your regular hair care routine keeps your hair and scalp pH-balanced can reduce frizz, prevent breakage, keep hair looking and feeling moisturized, make your color last longer, and prevent your scalp from getting greasy.

 





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Unless you pH-test all of your products yourself, the only way to know the pH of a product is if a brand provides it or by doing your research from those who have used it in the past. Don’t worry if you feel confused. Many brands still don’t include the pH of their products on their websites, but always check the FAQ for the brand, do your research, and feel free to reach out to the brand for that information if you’re unsure.

 

Products to Try

 

Shampoos and Rinses

Using a pH-balancing shampoo once a week can help bring your hair back and keep you from irritation in the future without having to overhaul your entire routine. 





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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

You can use this instead of shampoo to clean and clarify your hair without stripping it. Our editor’s favorite way to use this is in between washes when you need a quick fix (like after a hard workout class) that’s a little more than dousing your hair in copious amounts of dry shampoo.

If you have fine hair, dpHUE just launched a Lite ACV Rinse that is a little less moisturizing and won’t weigh your hair down iIt’s already a holy grail in our beauty editor’s shower).

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OUAI

Detox Shampoo

This product contains apple cider vinegar, which naturally lowers the pH of the product, leaving your hair feeling ultra clean without stripping it of its natural oils.

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Pureology

Hydrate Shampoo

Pureology is one of those rare, unicorn brands that discloses the pH of its products, and every shampoo in their line has a pH of 5.3 (even below the recommended 5.5!). This shampoo is super moisturizing and soothing on the scalp (thanks to green tea and jojoba oil) but still ideal for fine hair types.

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Mielle Organics

Babassu Oil Conditioning Shampoo

This will nourish all hair types but is especially recommended for curly and coily hair textures that need lots of moisture from root to tip.

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Redken

Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo

This is one of the only products on the market actually targeted at being acidic and balancing your scalp’s pH. Our editor reviewed this product, and she thinks it even works better than Olaplex on her damaged, blonde locks.

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Leave-Ins and Treatments

If you want to add a few other pH-balanced products to your routine, focus on products that stay in your hair, like leave-ins, or low pH treatments that get a long time on your hair (like a mask). 





Davines

Volu Hair Mist

This has a balanced pH that will leave your hair soft and shiny without leaving it feeling crunchy.

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Briogeo

Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel

Fight frizz, define your curls, and keep your hair healthy? Briogeo is a mainstay in our editors’ hair care routines because their products pack a punch, all without sulfates, silicones, and parabens.

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Olaplex

No. 3 Hair Perfector

The classic Olaplex No. 3 has a low pH, which is one of the ways it’s able to actually repair your hair’s damage over time instead of just masking it by making the hair appear more moisturized. Those with extremely damaged hair from relaxers and bleaching swear by Olaplex for bringing their hair back to life.

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DevaCurl

Scalp D(pH)ense Daily Nourishing & Protecting Serum

This scalp serum protects your hair against all those environmental factors (like water, pollution, the sun) and life factors (heat damage, chemical relaxers, coloring your hair) from damage from being in an alkaline pH.

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How to Use Bronzer In Your Makeup Routine

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The first beauty product you probably fumble with is bronzer. Maybe it’s too orange (even Selena Gomez admits to being there), maybe it’s muddy, maybe you just applied way too much—bronzer, in all, is tough to get right. But not all is lost. We’re making headway every day in the beauty industry toward better shade ranges, easier applications, and overall better formulations. While we wait, we’re sharing all the need-to-knows about bronzer: how to apply it, where to apply it, how to choose a shade, and more. Wondering how to use bronzer to finally enhance your features? You’ve come to the right place.

 

In this article

1
What is Bronzer?

2
What is Contour?

3
Where to Apply Bronzer and Contour

4
How to Choose A Bronzer Shade

5
What Bronzer Formula to Try

6
Matte vs. Shimmer

 

Meet the expert
Renee Loiz
CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST
Renee Loiz is an LA-based makeup artist with over 20 years of experience. Her work has been featured on red carpets and in advertisements for brands like Target, Disney, and Urban Outfitters.

 

What is Bronzer?

Bronzer is a way to add depth and dimension to your face, especially when you’re wearing a full face of foundation. “Bronzers are warmer with a redder undertone and are used to warm up your face and give a sunkissed look,” said celebrity makeup artist Renée Loiz. The skin isn’t naturally one color. Whether naturally or from being out in the sun, we’ll always have a few different shades in different parts of our faces, and bronzer is there to alleviate that.

People often use bronzer to contour their face, adding shading and shadows to create a slimmer or more chiseled appearance. It’s also used to give a summertime glow, like you just got back from vacation.

 

What is Contour? 

On the contrary, contour products are for sculpting your face. You’ve seen makeup gurus contour their nose or TikTokers turn themselves into Harry Styles—all using contour. Contour is all about shading, so it’s typically a cool-tone, grayish color that mimics what a natural shadow would look like on your face, but you can also contour with a neutral bronzer depending on your skin tone and preferences. 

When you’re looking at a contour product, assume it’s a cool or a neutral tone, while bronzer might lean warm. 




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Balm Contour

This contour balm has a lightweight consistency that blends like butter—and the shade range is one of the best we’ve seen.

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Kiko Milano

Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour

This creamy stick contour comes in two cool tone shades that sculpt your face without making you look dry or ashy.

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Where to Apply Bronzer and Contour

 

Bronzer

Where you apply bronzer all depends on the shade and the look you’re going for. If the shade is only a little darker than your skin, you can apply bronzer all over with a fluffy brush and a light hand to give a sunkissed glow to the skin. If the bronzer is more than one shade darker, then you’ll want to focus it in the “3E” method: around the temples, under the cheekbones, and under the jawline, creating a “3” and an “E” on each side of your face. This method is pretty foolproof. You often see people applying bronzer and contouring in little dots all over their faces or in complicated shapes, and while that works, it doesn’t have to be so elaborate to get results. 

“Don’t forget to sweep bronzer along your neck and chest to match your face,” Loiz suggested. 

 

Contour

With contour, your application might depend on your face shape and what you’re hoping to chisel. 

  • If you want a slimmer nose, apply contour in two lines on either side of your nose. The closer together the lines, the slimmer your nose will appear. 
  • If you want to enhance cheekbones, apply contour just above the cheekbone and blend down. Make sure to focus this far back toward your ear too. 
  • If you want to make your forehead appear smaller, apply contour to the top of the forehead and blend upward toward your hairline. 
  • If you want a more pronounced jawline, apply contour right on top of the jawline and blend down, underneath the jaw. To really make it pop, add a bit of concealer between the jawline and cheekbone to carve it out and make that area look really enhanced. 
  • To make your face appear shorter, apply your cheekbone contour in a vertical line and blend out toward your ears. 

 

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How to Choose A Bronzer Shade

Bronzer is about adding warmth and dimension, which is often why people can go overboard if they pick the wrong shade. When you naturally flush, what shade does your skin go? That’s the bronzer you should choose, according to Loiz. Choose a shade that matches how your skin would change if you spent a day out in the sun (before you started slathering on buckets of sunscreen). It’s all about looking natural and enhancing your skin, not covering it up or changing its tone. 

If you have a very cool undertone, a warm-tone bronzer will likely pull very orange on your face—a major no-no. In this case, you’ll want to opt for neutral or even cooler-toned bronzers that enhance your natural skin. This is also important for very fair skin. 

On the other hand, people with very warm undertones will need a warm, even leaning red, bronzer that matches the undertone in their skin. Cool contours might look muddy on their face, as if they just rubbed dirt all over their faces instead of makeup. 

As for depth, your bronzer should be one or two shades darker than your skin tone. If it’s any darker, it’s easy to go overboard. Any lighter, you’ll have to work pretty hard for the product to show up against anything else you have on your face. 

 

What Bronzer Formula to Try

 

Cream

Cream bronzer isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s typically a bit harder to blend, but it’s easier than ever to find a thin formula that’s seamless on skin. Loiz explained that creams have a “softer, sheerer” finish, so they can look a bit more natural once blended out. A few years ago, the only cream bronzer we knew of was Chanel’s Sol Tan De Chanel, an orange-y shade that only worked on light skin tones (now they have one other shade, but that only just released this year). Now, cream bronzers can be in vast shade ranges, in easy-to-use formulations, and in better packaging. 




Fenty Beauty

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

This creamy formula offers a full range of shades for just about every skin tone. Our editors love this because it’s sheer and easy to use, making the application seamless and easy for travel.

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Makeup By Mario

Soft Sculpt Shaping Stick

Sephora has been struggling to keep these in stock since they launched. With a built-in brush and easy-to-apply stick, this was made for beginners and anyone on the go.

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Em Cosmetics

So Soft Multi Face Play

This cream stick bronzer has a creamy finish that glides over skin and blends in three seconds flat. It comes in three neutral bronzer shades and one cool-tone, greyish contour.

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To apply a cream bronzer, use a stippling brush to apply it, and then blend with either the same brush or a beauty sponge. If your product is in a stick form, you can apply it straight from the stick, but it might be easier to blend if you apply with a light hand from a brush.




Fenty Beauty

Cheek Hugging Bronzer Brush

Easily place all of your products right in the contours of your cheek and jawline with this brush.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics

Putty Blush Brush

Although this is marketed for blush, it’s the perfect brush for stippling on cream and liquid bronzers before blending with a sponge.

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beautyblender

Original BeautyBlender Sponge

Blending in cream and liquid bronzer is one of the best uses for your beauty sponge. It’ll soften the edges and add a touch of radiance without using too much product.

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Liquid 

Liquid bronzers are newer on the market, but they’re coming in hot with tons of new products launching just in the last year. A liquid formula is typically a bit runnier than a cream and comes in a tube or dropper. These are usually shimmery or radiant formulas to make your skin extra glowy, unlike a cream that can go both matte and shiny. 




Glossier

Solar Paint

This liquid/cream hybrid makes applying your bronzer on-the-go a breeze. It has a unique sheen that isn’t shimmery—but definitely isn’t matte either—that makes your face glow.

Don’t let the product images fool you. While these shades look majorly washed out in photos, IRL, they actually go quite deep.

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Iconic London

Sheer Bronze Liquid Bronzer

If you want an all-over bronzey glow, this liquid bronzer will give it. This formula is unique because it’s sheer and can be mixed with foundations, primers, and moisturizers to give a bronze sheen to your whole face. But it also works wonders when built up with a brush and applied like a true bronzer.

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Apply a liquid bronzer the same as a cream: using a stippling brush or beauty sponge. 

 

Powder

We all know powder bronzers. It’s probably the bronzer you’ve always used. But there’s a reason they’re still around. These bronzers are easier to blend than the others, and when you find the right shade, it’s basically a foolproof application. They have a bit more pigment, but the blendability makes them the most beginner-friendly.  




LYS Beauty

No Limits Matte Bronzer

This bronzer is perfect for beginners because it’s natural and one of the easiest to blend.

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Fenty Beauty

Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer

No one was surprised when Fenty up and launched one of the best bronzer ranges we’d ever seen at that point, but it doesn’t make it any less memorable. This range has every depth and undertone down pat—even olive and deep cool. Loiz recommended this as well for the impeccable shade range that works for just about everyone.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Airbrush Matte Bronzer

If you love Charlotte’s famed Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, this bronzer has the exact same formulation, just in deeper tones. This makes it blurring on the skin and super blendable. Plus, this package is refillable—granted, the component is so large, I’m not sure who would ever use one up.

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Physicians Formula

Butter Bronzer

There was a time where you couldn’t get through a drugstore favorites video on YouTube without this popping up. It’s still one of the most well-known bronzers, especially at the drugstore, because of its smooth texture, natural finish, and amazing coconut scent.

This bronzer, however, is definitely better for light and medium skin tones. Physician’s Formula, please add deeper shades to this range.

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The key to powders is using the right tools, like a big, fluffy bronzer brush that will cover a large surface area.




Milani

Powder Bronzer Brush

This fluffy brush will offer pinpointed application as well as all-over coverage.

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Matte vs. Shimmer

Matte and shimmer bronzers offer different looks, but there’s room for both in a collection. 

A matte bronzer will focus on making you look sculpted and adding that dimension back into your skin. Matte bronzers are usually a bit harder to blend, as the formula isn’t as soft as something with shimmer might be.




Juvia’s Place

Bronzed Duo

Your skin isn’t just two colors—especially for those with deep skin. This bronzer duo lets you achieve a sculpted, bronzed complexion, combining both a warm and cool-tone bronzer to mix and match.

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Benefit Cosmetics

Hoola Bronzer

Hoola Bronzer reigned surpreme for years and years, and now that they’ve finally begun to expand the shade range, it’s still making a name for itself. It’s smooth, easy to apply, and never looks muddy.

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ELF Cosmetics

Putty Bronzer

Leave it to e.l.f. to make a cream bronzer at the drugstore with an adequate shade range. This rivals high-end cream bronzers, with its creamy finish and easy-to-blend formula.

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A shimmery bronzer formula is all about the glow. You can usually focus a shimmery bronzer’s application higher on the cheekbones to act as a bronzer/highlighter/blush hybrid. They’re easier to blend into the skin, but if it has too much shimmer and not enough depth, you can walk away looking like a disco ball instead of a vacationer. 




Huda Beauty

GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder

Huda’s newest bronzer is for the person who wants to look like they just got back from Tulum. It’s ultra glowy, and the undertones look like you actually got a tan, but it somehow still looks seamless and natural on skin.

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Tower 28 Beauty

Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

This tows the line between cream bronzer and highlighter, containing an ultra-glowy shimmer that never looks glittery or cakey. This bronzer adds just the right amount of color and shine so you truly can have that vacay glow all year ’round.

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L’Oréal

True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer

Say hello to sunkissed skin without any sun damage. This bronzer has a silky texture that glides right onto skin and gives an all-over warm, healthy glow.

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How To Upgrade Your Apartment for Fall Like a French Girl

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I love summer just as much as the next girl, but my apartment is itching to be decorated for fall. I want nothing but pumpkin spice candles and cozy pillows and am ready to never see pastel throw pillows or faux greenery again. Since I am a French girl wannabe (no, really), I decided to research how French girls are updating their homes for fall (because I’m guessing it’s not with a Hocus Pocus doormat or Bath & Body Works candle). And, of course, the current French decor trends did not disappoint. Not only will they get your home ready for more nights in and cold weather, but they’ll also give your entire style a total upgrade. 

Bonus hot tip: Call us biased, but the gorgeous pieces from The Everygirl’s collab with Interior Define come in a variety of shades in luxe velvet fabrics, ranging from chic neutrals to gorgeous jewel tones (but more on that below). Thanks to their timeless design and effortless appeal, we like to think the entire collection has that “je ne sais quoi.” Read on to check out the collection and find out how to update your home for the coziest season like a French girl. 

 

Jewel-tones





chair (in citrine) / side table / rug (in grey) / dried flowers / vase / gallery wall set

The weather is getting colder, which means Parisians are trading in their easy breezy neutrals for richer, darker jewel tones. Think: emerald, sapphire, ruby, and cobalt blue. Not only will a jewel-toned accent or furniture piece add a hue of royalty to your home, but it will also make your entire space feel more seasonally appropriate and cozy. 

 

Geometric accent furniture





couch (in iron) / ottoman / tray / faux eucalyptus / floor lamp / mirrors

This season, French girls are ditching anything that feels too stuffy and making their classic couches feel new again with geometric and modern furniture. Embrace those curves with oval coffee tables, rounded accent chairs, and eye-catching headboards. Aim for a mix of sharp corners (like a square couch) and rounded edges (like a curved chair) for an effortless look. 

 

Chunky marble





couch (sectional in greige) / coffee table / mirror / coffee table books / floor lamp / faux plant

No surprise: Parisians are all about their marble decor. The stylish (and classy) material goes with a lot of styles and can be found in many different price ranges. Opt for chunkier pieces that are full marble design rather than marble mixed with wood or gold, as it will look newer (and Parisians are all about that I-just-found-this-at-a-flea-market feel). Try it in an accent on your bookshelves or as a side table. 

 

Mix furniture





couch (the loveseat in sterling) / chair / ottoman / wall prints / plant

PSA: Parisians are not buying matching furniture sets and calling it a day. Interior design is an art, and they want their home to tell their stories. They’ll often mismatch colors or pick furniture from different styles or time periods to look intentionally contrasted. Think: a modern art piece with grandmillenial-style couch and a mid-century coffee table. 

 

Ornate art





chair (in navy) / end table / rug / Côte d’Azur print / Brigitte Bardot print / The Swing art print / Matisse print / black and white print / statue print / faux peonies

French girls know that art on the wall is like a pair of shoes: It’s the piece that draws the eye and can show off your style. When furniture is simple, a gallery wall can really shine. Don’t be afraid to combine colorful, edgy, and unique works to the walls (remember: The mismatched, effortless feel is the goal), and either mismatch frames for a more eclectic vibe or go with basic white to let the art do the talking. 

 

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The Fall Fashion I’m Buying With My $200 Budget

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Hi, I’m Ashley, and I’m the proud CEO of taking everything too far—especially fall fashion.

If I like a TV show (as evidenced by my experience with The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and Outer Banks), I’ll rewatch episodes and seasons over and over until I know every line and use them effortlessly in everyday conversation. I love pizza rolls so much that my obsession with them has become a bit of a personality trait. In an effort to learn how to budget and invest, I spent $145 on financial self-help books. Note: I have yet to read said books.

Moderation is not my strong suit, so it’s no surprise that I’ve fallen into the trap of overspending on fall fashion year after year. This season, I’m taking a different approach. Instead of haphazardly and sporadically clicking “add to cart” throughout the entire season, I’m allowing myself to purchase everything now (and now only) with the plan to stop swiping my credit card after I hit $200.

After much deliberation, deleting item after item from my list to stay within budget, and searching for my favorite seasonal trends, I’m excited to introduce the fall fashion items I’m adding to my wardrobe for fall 2021:





H&M

Oversized Shirt Jacket

I have been obsessing over the oversized shacket trend for so long and am finally pulling the trigger on ordering one for myself this season. I usually wear a small, but this time around, I’m sizing up to a medium for an oversized look that I’ll turn to on days when I want to be both comfortable and cool. As much as I love fall, easing into it takes a lot of careful layering (read: 55 degrees when you leave the house, 75 degrees when you walk home), so this bad boy is sure to come in handy.

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Nasty Gal

Faux Leather Blazer

Last year, one of my friends allowed me the pleasure of borrowing her oversized, faux leather blazer when we decided to take a G.N.O. downtown. Upon wiggling into it, I promptly fell in love, took it home to dry clean it, and stared at it as it hung on my clothing rack for a little longer than I should have. I considered changing my name, moving out of the country, and starting a life on a small farm so that I wouldn’t ever have to give it back, but alas, my guilty conscience prevailed, and I returned it in two business days. This year, I’m buying one of my own so that I can throw it on to elevate any fall fit.

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H&M

Lug Sole Boots

While I consider my Dr. Martens to be my #1 fall staple, I have found that they aren’t always as versatile as I’d like them to be, and with some outfits, they can be a bit distracting. My goal for this year was to buy a pair of black boots that were a little bit more understated but still on-trend, so as soon as I saw these super affordable Chelsea boots, I couldn’t help but hit “add to cart.”

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H&M

Cable-Knit Sweater Vest

In my opinion, there is no cooler feat than when a person can pull off a fashion-forward sweater vest. Of all of the items that I’ll be picking up this season, this vest is probably the most on-trend and one that I can’t wait to style. Will I look half as cool as the fashion girls that I see sporting them on Pinterest? Most likely not. But will I die trying? Absolutely.

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H&M

Collared Jersey Dress

After five months of avoiding pants like the plague, I figured I’d keep the momentum going as long as the Chicago weather will allow. This collared dress is such a great transition piece into the season and one that will pair well with a peacoat, sweater vest, shacket, or cardigan and can be worn with knee-high boots and sneaks alike. I have a strong feeling that I’ll be living in this.

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Is It Normal To Bleed After Sex? We Asked Experts






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There’s no worse post-sex feeling than going to the bathroom and looking down at your underwear to find a spot of blood. You quickly think to yourself, “Am I on my period?” and when the answer is no, you start panic-searching and land on WebMd, only to read about the absolute worst-case, no-chill scenarios. But is there reason to panic, or is it normal to bleed after sex?

Bleeding after sex is actually an extremely common occurrence. And although in most cases it’s perfectly harmless, in other cases, it has the potential to lead to some tricky issues. We sat down with a few trusted doctors to ask as many questions as we could about post-coital bleeding so that next time, you won’t have to resort to Google.

Meet the expert
Dr. Melissa Wong
OB-GYN
Dr. Wong is an OB-GYN at Boston Medical Center.

Meet the expert
Dr. Lauren Demosthenes
OB-GYN, SENIOR MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT BABYSCRIPTS
Dr. Demosthenes is an OB-GYN and professor in South Carolina.

Meet the expert
Dr. Nicole Williams
BOARD-CERTIFIED GYNECOLOGIC SURGEON
Dr. Williams is a gynecologist in Chicago and an author.

 

What are the different reasons we might bleed after sex?

There are a ton of different reasons why someone might experience bleeding after sex, and these reasons can range from something as harmless as vaginal dryness to something more severe. This is why it’s important to educate ourselves on the topic as much as we can and talk to a professional when needed. 

 





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Vaginal dryness or inflammation

Listen, being sensitive doesn’t make you weak, and the same applies to our vaginas. Our vaginas are powerful, but the delicate balance of healthy bacteria down there can make them, as well as the surrounding vulva area, a bit sensitive.

“For people who are receiving penetrative sex (meaning something is being inserted into the vagina), bleeding can happen as a result of stretching or scratching of the vaginal surfaces,” said Melissa L. Wong, M.D., OB/GYN at Boston Medical Center.

And if you have any of these cuts, scratches, or small abrasions in or around your vagina, your body may not be producing as much fluid as usual.

“Vaginal dryness can lead to small abrasions after intercourse, and these may bleed,” said Dr. Lauren Demosthenes, senior medical director at Babyscripts. “So if you experience vaginal dryness, using a lubricant with intercourse may definitely help.”

According to Dr. Nicole Williams, Chicago gynecologist and author of This Is How You Vagina: All About the Vajayjay and Why You Probably Shouldn’t Call It That, if you don’t really experience any vagina dryness when having sex, inflammation might also be a cause of bleeding.

“Generally, I find women who bleed after sex, unassociated with menstruation, will usually have inflammation of the cervix or vagina, which is usually just treated with a topical antibiotic for several days,” Dr. Williams said.

 

Vaginal infection

Like I mentioned earlier, vaginas house a balanced system of “good” and “bad” bacteria that keep us healthy. But when this balance gets knocked out of whack, it can lead to a vaginal infection.

One of the most common vaginal infections is a yeast infection. This can occur when your antifungal bacteria is off balance, which allows for an overgrowth of a fungus called candida (a type of yeast).

Now before you get too grossed out by the thought of a fungus in your body, you should know that we actually have yeast in our bodies at all times, and it’s actually very healthy. Only when there’s an overgrowth is there a problem.

A common symptom of yeast or vaginal infection is itching, which can sometimes be severe. “Vaginal infections can cause a lot of itching, and scratching down there may lead to bleeding,” Dr. Demosthenes said.

 

Period-related bleeding

According to Dr. Williams, it’s also possible that you might experience period-related bleeding after sex, even after your period is over.

“If you are at the end of your menstrual cycle, you may experience some bleeding after sex due to some leftover tissue in the uterus,” Dr. Williams said.

 





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STIs

Certain types of STIs may also lead to post-coital bleeding. “Vaginal or vulvar lesions like herpes or syphilis may bleed after contact during sex,” Dr. Demosthenes said. “And other STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause an abnormal discharge and some light bleeding.”

Dr. Demosthenes noted that whether you have vaginal bleeding or not, getting screened for STIs is crucial when engaging with any new sexual partners.

 

Polyp

According to Dr. Wong, bleeding after sex may be a sign of something a bit more abnormal, “such as the growth of a polyp or mass.”

Cervical polyps are growths that can be found on the edge of the cervix where it meets the vagina, and although they’re usually benign, it’s always a good idea to get them looked at in case.

“A polyp on the cervix or in the uterus can also cause persistent bleeding, and these can usually be removed in the office or as an outpatient procedure if necessary,” Dr. Demosthenes said.

 

Cervical cancer

In rare cases, bleeding after sex can be a sign of a more serious issue. “Cervical cancers and cancers of the uterus may also lead to bleeding after intercourse, so people who are not up to date on their pap smears should have this checked out as soon as possible,” Dr. Demosthenes said.

 

Endometriosis

A uterus naturally has tissue that grows inside and forms a lining along its walls, which is why we bleed during our periods. Endometriosis is a problem that can occur when tissue begins to form on the outside of the uterus, causing a lot of pain, heavy cramps, and sometimes chronic fatigue. A very common symptom of endometriosis is bleeding after sex.

 





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What to do if you bleed after sex

The first thing to do is try your best not to panic because chances are, you may just need to load up on some lube next time you have sex. However, it’s important to be aware of your body in these moments, and whether or not you see a doctor should depend on how often the bleeding occurs, how much blood there is, and if there is pain along with it.

“If bleeding after sex happens once in a while and is no heavier than spotting, it’s probably normal,” Dr. Wong said. “But if you consistently bleed after sex, you feel pain after sex, or if the bleeding becomes heavy like a period, you may want to talk to your health care provider to make sure there’s nothing abnormal going on.”

If there’s any doubt in your mind, it never hurts to go get a check-up for peace of mind. Besides, knowing that everything is OK down there can help us be fully present and have way more enjoyable sex!

 

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How I Started Investing for the First Time





Some things in life are just begging to be pushed to the end of my to-do list, not to be done until I’m absolutely forced to: filing my taxes, making the appointment to get my yearly skin check, calling maintenance to finally fix my finicky door lock—the list goes on, and for me, finally dipping my toe into investing always had a permanent spot on my to-do-eventually list.

To say I’ve always felt as if I didn’t have enough knowledge to even know where to begin investing is an understatement; I’ve always felt like I didn’t even know what I didn’t know—a notch below “absolutely clueless.” My journalism major ensured I learned absolutely nothing about finance in college, and it felt like—even at 24—I was so desperately behind the pack that it was too late for me to really get a grasp on the stock market.

This year got me to do the things I had been pushing aside because I was busy, and after weeks of writing “START INVESTING” at the top of my planner, I decided it wasn’t something I could push off anymore. Enter: Public.com. Public is an investing social network where investors can own fractional shares of stocks and ETFs, making the barrier to entry significantly lower than other investing platforms. They know that a significant reason why many don’t invest is due to a lack of financial literacy, so they aim to unlock the stock market to a wider range of people through the empowerment of a community where you can learn and grow.

It felt like Public was welcoming my non-experienced self with open arms. Their mission is to make the stock market inclusive and fun, two words that felt like the opposite of other website’s goals. They also incorporate a social media aspect, where members can share ideas and news in a feed with other investors. This meant that I would be able to learn and grow my confidence with the help of other, real people, not just stock experts that I would feel were talking down to me.

After years and years of putting it off, I can finally say that I, Madeline Galassi, am an investor. Here’s where I began, how it all went, and what I learned:

 

*The following is for educational purposes only and is not investment advice.

 





 

Where I began

In partnership with Public, they gave me $500 to begin investing. Once I had my funds in my app, I was prompted to invest in blue-chip stocks like Google and Apple to get my portfolio built. I chose to divide my $500 between five stocks, investing $100 each in Google, Apple, Disney, Amazon, and Visa.

The process was much easier than I had anticipated. I expected to be greeted with hard-to-understand jargon, but Public helped me get my money invested in the stock market immediately, and then I could easily trade and sell my stocks from there, right in the app. 

To decide what to trade, I relied on the social network part of Public to educate myself. I looked at what fellow traders were talking and excited about, which helped me understand which stocks were currently doing well without needing to have the NASDAQ ticker up on my TV all day (or have men on cable screaming about what I should invest in). I learned from real people who spoke in layman’s terms, and it helped me decide to invest in ACN (Accenture Public), something I previously had no knowledge about.

Being able to interact with other, real investors made investing something I actually looked forward to. I checked my app every day and watched my shares go up and down and began to understand why. I felt empowered, curious, and excited—three words I never thought I’d associate with my investing experience.

 

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Why fractional shares are a total game changer

My initial investments were toward blue-chip stocks with high buy-in rates, so how did I do it with only $500? One share of Google is currently $2,846, and I obviously didn’t have that to invest, but since Public lets you invest in portions of stocks (what I learned is called fractional shares), I was able to say the exact amount (which could be anything) that I wanted to put toward each stock. This meant that I still got to be an investor in these profitable, reputable companies that give a reliable return to investors, just at a scale that I could afford.

Something I learned quickly was how important being able to invest in fractional shares is to an investor, especially a beginner like me. Blue-chip stocks have extraordinarily high costs per share, which are amounts that someone like me would be uncomfortable investing in to start (and that I simply didn’t have the funds for). But being able to invest in portions of these stocks is important because of their return rate to investors. They consistently grow and make investors money, and by being able to invest an amount I chose, I could reap those benefits without needing to pay the high barrier to entry, which is a win for me.

 





 

I’m constantly learning from real investors

Public.com provides learning resources on their website, which helped answer the questions I had, from the super basic ones to the more in-depth. They had answers to questions I was embarrassed to ask—they even have a page dedicated to answering “what is a stock?”

I made it a goal to read through one question every day for a few weeks, which got me familiar with concepts I didn’t think I’d understand for a while, from what blue-chip stocks are (and look, today I was able to talk about them in my own words!) to understanding index funds. I was able to stick to it because their answers were free from intimidating jargon and instead stuck to terms that I was able to completely understand—and even find interesting—as someone with limited knowledge.

Lack of knowledge about the stock market is something that, honestly, I used to be very conscious about. In my day-to-day life, I’m surrounded by men who know the stock market like the back of their hand, and have been making money off of it for years. My dad has been a life-long investor, and my boyfriend and his three male roommates actually had a point in time where they were competing against each other for how much each could make in the stock market every day. It gave me such a deep, uneasy feeling of being behind, and I never thought I’d catch up to them. But guess who has been joining into the stock banter lately? A girl who used to stay silent throughout every conversation.

 

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How I felt four weeks later

After a few weeks of getting really comfortable, I started to follow some of their guidance and gathered information from other investors on what I might be interested in. I started a running list of stocks I was interested in investing in and watched what other investors were saying about each of them in my news feed.

One of my favorite parts of the app is the “theme” feature. It provides a list of different overarching stock themes, from cannabis to food delivery to even “Women in Charge,” which highlighted companies owned by women, and have lists of stocks to invest in under those umbrellas. I chose to sell one of my stocks and invest in Accenture Public, which is women-led and something I felt excited about making a priority for myself in my investing. It made investing feel more personal to me—I wasn’t copying what investing experts were telling me to do, but I was putting my money toward companies and leaders I truly believed in myself, which makes investing that much more enjoyable for me. 

Investing isn’t one-size-fits-all, nor should it be. There’s no rule that says I only need to invest in the stocks other investors say I should, and with Public, I’m able to learn about what I want to invest in in the future because it interests me. 

 

I learned it wasn’t worth being afraid of

Four weeks ago, the stock market felt like a big, scary thing that I needed a special set of skills to approach. I thought it was going to take me years and years to feel like how I feel right now: I have the basics under my belt and am excited to approach my future as an investor.

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25 Easy Meal Prep Recipes You’ll Make All The Time






Source: The Girl on Bloor

It happens every few weeks without fail. I look up from my laptop as the clock strikes 5:30 p.m. and all of a sudden realize that 1. I have to make something for dinner and 2. I have absolutely no clue what that dinner is going to be. I know I’m not alone in this all-too-regular dilemma, but I can’t help but feel like it says something about my adulting abilities (or, occasionally, lack thereof). Those who meal prep: 1, Lauren: 0.

Even just a loose meal plan and a little forethought can prevent those hanger pains that tend to creep in as I search my refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, hoping that I won’t have to resort to my trusty takeout go-to. Sure, you have to invest a little bit of time up front, but it will all be worth it when you don’t fall victim to those vicious delivery fees.

We’re looking for something quick, we’re looking for something easy, we’re looking for something with maximum flavor—without maximum time spent at the stove. If that’s what you want (or—let’s be honest—need) too, look no further than these 25 easy meal prep recipes. Delicious without being super time-consuming? Check and check.

 

1. Vegan Burritos





Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

2. Baked Chicken Caesar Burgers





Source: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

 

3. Curried Chickpea Cauliflower Bake





Source: Cotter Crunch

 

4. Spicy Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup





Source: Meal Prep on Fleek

 

5. Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes





Source: The Girl on Bloor

 

6. Dairy-Free Broccoli Cheese Soup





Source: Orchids + Sweet Tea

 

7. Shawarma Spiced Stuffed Peppers with Tahini Sauce





Source: Abra’s Kitchen

 

8. Smashed White Bean and Spinach Quesadillas





Source: Sweet Peas and Saffron

 

9. Air Fryer Tofu with Honey Garlic Sauce





Source: Hello Spoonful

 

10. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna





Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

 

11. Sweet Potato Black-Eyed Pea Curry





Source: Sweet Potato Soul

 

12. Slow Cooker Garlic Cuban-Inspired Pork





Source: Slender Kitchen

 

13. Meal Prep Thai Basil Chicken





Source: The Girl on Bloor

 

14. Vegetable Soup





Source: Abra’s Kitchen

 

15. Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies





Source: Isabel Eats

 

16. Mozzarella Pesto Mac and Cheese





Source: Chantell and Brett Quernemoen | My Name is Yeh

 

17. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers





Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

 

18. Whole30 Breakfast Casserole





Source: Hello Spoonful

 

19. Korean-Inspired Ground Beef Bowls





Source: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

 

20. Slow Cooker Chipotle Honey Chicken Taco Salad





Source: Sweet Peas and Saffron

 

21. Kale Steak Power Salad





Source: Meal Prep on Fleek

 

22. Crispy Chickpea Salad Kit with Butter Fried Croutons





Source: My Name is Yeh

 

23. Lentil Coconut Curry





Source: Slender Kitchen

 

24. Slow Cooker Mushroom Wild Rice Soup





Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

25. Winter Kale Salad





Source: Sweet Potato Soul

 

Do you meal prep? Share your favorite quick and easy recipes below.