11 Latinx-Owned Beauty Brands To Support Right Now

There’s been a wave of international influence on the American beauty market in the last few years. From K-beauty skin care to French-girl makeup, brands from all over the world have been appearing in our favorite U.S. stores, consuming our Instagram feeds, and inspiring new beauty trends. And as unique beauty communities get more attention in the beauty aisle, we’re seeing an uptick in brands owned by Latinx men and women.

The Latinx community prides itself in having a strong connection to la belleza. And it has given birth to some of the most talented makeup and hair artists and created some of the best beauty hacks. But before now, the Latinx consumer hasn’t been fully represented in the beauty space — whether it be in foundation shades or curly hair products — which is why some entrepreneurs took it upon themselves to create new brands that speak directly to their specific needs and culture.

In the recent months, the Latinx consumer is finally getting some much-needed time in the spotlight. From curly hair products to fragrances inspired by Mexico, these are the Latinx-owned beauty brands you should support right now.

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Cuban-born makeup artist Gabriela Trujillo wants her followers to remember that “there’s beauty and inspiration in your very own roots.” It’s that same concept that inspired the name of her brand, Alamar, which means “stay close to the sea” in Spanish. After fleeing Cuba to America with her family, Trujillo learned the value of staying true to your roots — even as you adapt and evolve. Her roots are front and center in the tropical influence (vibrant colors, palm leaves…) and Spanish product names in her line, which includes brushes and eyeshadow palettes.

Alamar Cosmetics The Ojitos Brush Trio Vol. 2, $18, available at Alamar Cosmetics

After realizing that there was an untapped market in the beauty industry for affordable, high-quality makeup catering to Latinas, Ralph Mandil decided to do something about it. He founded CAI Para Mi, a cosmetics brand offering everything from foundation to liquid eyeshadow formulated with olive, yellow, and brown undertones in mind. The products are available now on the brand’s website, but will …read more

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Leah Messer & Jason Jordan: Shocking Relationship Secrets Exposed?

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It’s been over six months since the world learned that Leah Messer and Jason Jordan are dating.

During that time, Leah and Jason have broken up at least once, but these days, they seem to be doing better than ever.

Recently, Leah took to Instagram to answer some questions about her personal life, and naturally, fans were especially curious about Jason following his TV debut on this week’s Teen Mom 2 season premiere.

Some were surprised by what Leah had to say.

Others believe she hosted the Q&A as damage control following some unexpected revelations about Jason.

Take a look and decide for yourself:

1. The Beginning

Leah and Jason made their relationship “Instagram official” back in July.

2. Too Much Too Soon?

The couple moved fast, and it wasn’t long before was Leah posting photos of herself spending time with Jason’s family.

3. Ups and Downs

But the honeymoon period didn’t last, and the couple called it quits in October.

4. They Couldn’t Quit Each Other

Within weeks, however, the couple was back together in time to spend the holidays together.

5. Christmas Reunion

Leah even declared her love for Jason in the caption for this tree-decorating video.

6. Going Strong

These days, Leah and Jason are reportedly doing better than ever.

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Everything You Need To Know About Influencer Caroline Calloway & Her Disastrous $165 Mason Jar Meet-Up

When Caroline Calloway, a 27-year-old Instagram influencer and writer, abruptly cancelled her tour of creativity workshops scheduled across America, all eyes were watching. Her lofty endeavors had gained notoriety on Twitter after writer Kayleigh Donaldson began documenting what she felt were Calloway’s ill-advised attempts to throw together a multi-city tour that promised teachings, lunch, care packages, and personalized letters for every attendee.

“This woman is a blatant scammer who’s now organizing a WORLDWIDE TOUR with this ‘workshop’ she admits she wrote in one day, I think it’s categorical bullshit that nobody is talking about & that we glorify this ‘influencer’ nonsense,” Donaldson tweeted. She later expanded in her own piece on the saga.

It wasn’t long before Calloway found Donaldson’s Twitter thread and ultimately cancelled her remaining dates, saying the criticism was “really valid” and ceded that “preparation was inadequate” and the event did not live up to what people had paid $165 (plus fees) for.

That Instagram influencer I occasionally check in on because she’s The Worst is now charging $165 for a 4 hour “seminar” on how to be yourself. pic.twitter.com/zLvBFn9dPI

— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) December 20, 2018

In its wake, voyeurs began referring to this whole experience as “Fyre Festival 2,” and accused Calloway of purposefully scamming her fans into paying too much for a workshop that was never going to deliver. However, I don’t see Calloway as a scammer. She’s Tana Mongeau, the vlogger who wanted to throw a convention for her fans and ended up getting in way over her head, resulting in disaster.

Calloway doesn’t have bad intentions, but she’s no stranger to plans gone awry. Let’s start at the beginning.

Who is Caroline Calloway?

She is a 27-year-old writer living in New York City.

Why do people follow her?

Her popularity began when she attended Cambridge University and documented her life on Instagram with long captions and a fairy-tale like tone that has since earned her over 830 thousand followers. It also earned her a $500,000 book deal, that she eventually pulled out of, putting her over $100 thousand in debt. Now, she makes longform Instagram Stories about her life in New York City.

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