Author Archives: Gurl

15 YA Books That Aren’t About Straight White People

15 YA Books That Arenât About Straight White People

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Another day, another rant about representation! But hey, it’s important, and this time I’m talking about YA novels. I’ve ranted before about how hard it is to find or hear about a YA book that isn’t about cute, straight white people falling in love with each other. Like, okay, that’s nice and all but isn’t that exactly like, I don’t know, just about every other story we’ve been fed since we were little? More »

10 Common Beauty Injuries And How To Fix Them

10 Common Beauty Injuries And How To Fix Them

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There’s an old phrase that says “Beauty is pain.” That shouldn’t be true, but it sort of is because some of the things we do in the name of beauty are really painful. Like, pouring hot wax on your body and ripping your hair off is not a pleasant experience. More »

Yes, I’m Black. No, I’m Not A Shoplifter

Yes, Iâm Black. No, Iâm Not A Shoplifter

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As a black chick, I’m well aware of all of the negative stereotypes that are perpetuated against me. Let’s see… loud, ghetto, skanky, dumb, just to name a few. I’m aware of the way that these assumptions negatively affect my fellow black folks, because at best we end up complaining about it on social media, and at worst we end up dead because of it. But there’s one stereotype that I’m so annoyingly aware of that it affects one of the activities I love most: shopping. More »

The Surprising, Bizarre And Controversial History Of Porn

The Surprising, Bizarre And Controversial History Of Porn

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We’ve been invested in getting turned on by graphic images of sex for thousands of years. The last 100 years have been particularly fascinating and problematic when it comes to the great big world of porn. Whether you’re a fan of porn or you’re absolutely opposed to it, if you want to learn more get ready for one seriously porny history lesson. More »

I’m 23, And I’ve Never Been In A Real Relationship… And I’m Fine

Iâm 23, And Iâve Never Been In A Real Relationship⦠And Iâm Fine

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Yep, you read the title right. I am a 23- year-old woman who has never been in a real relationship. I’m Candice, “the friend,” “the cool girl who guys can watch sports with” but girlfriend? Nope, not a box I’ve checked. Now, before you think “Poor girl” or “Wow, she must have some serious issues,” I want to state that I’ve been single my entire adult life by CHOICE. More »

The Foolproof Guide To Shay Mitchell’s Teen Choice Awards Look

The Foolproof Guide To Shay Mitchellâs Teen Choice Awards Look

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I love Shay Mitchell, and I especially love her style. She’s very different from her Pretty Little Liars character, Emily Fields, in real life in the fashion department. Shay loves to glam things up, and her style game is always on point. I adored her white co-ord outfit from the Teen Choice Awards, but I loved her makeup look even more. More »

Confession: I’m Afraid To Go Out Without Makeup On

Confession: Iâm Afraid To Go Out Without Makeup On

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I am a self-proclaimed makeup junkie. I love everything about makeup. I love to go to my local Sephora or Target and get baskets full of goodies to bring home and try. I like that I can enhance certain aspects of my face, while concealing others. I love days when I feel daring and will pull out a red lip; or when I go out, I do a super dramatic purple smokey eye because it makes me feel sexy. I just love playing with makeup! More »

Dear Internet: Gurl.com Still Exists!

Dear Internet: Gurl.com Still Exists!

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This morning, we stumbled upon an article on The Cut that was basically an ode to Gurl.com. A Jezebel writer was then inspired to write a very similar piece. Both authors reminisced on “the old gURL.com” as ”the forgotten pioneer of teenage pop-feminism” (no really, that was actually the title of The Cut article). Both pieces talked about how informational, helpful, and wonderful Gurl used to be, without really mentioning the fact that, uh, Gurl.com still exists. More »