A 22-year-old Compton, California woman fights lymphoma with beauty (Yahoo! News)

Why it’s important: Amanda Ramirez isn’t just any beauty blogger. She’s using Instagram to document her chemotherapy treatments and slaying the whole way. She’s taking it straight to the trolls with her amazing message of self-love and acceptance. Amanda is #beautyempowered for sure! Give her a follow above.


Goop releases its “Clean Beauty” Bible (USA Today)

Why it’s important: Wishing to put 2016 in the rear view? Ms. Paltrow says you must tackle pesky gut toxins before they drag you backward. Lots of clean living tips from GP herself. 


From fishtail braids to eyebrow fills, we Googled it all (Teen Vogue)

Why it’s important: So much of our best beauty information comes from each other! Make sure you’re using sound sources and doing your homework as you research trends.


Top beauty launches of 2016 (Racked)

Why it’s important: Kylie, Kylie, Kylie…and a side of Kardashian-Jenner hair helper magic. A few other brands and trends broke through in 2016, but millions of women still dash daily to keep up with the K’s.


A new documentary empowers Filipina domestic workers to tell their beauty stories (GMA Network)

Why it’s important: 190,000 Filipina women live in Hong Kong and work for families 24 hours a day, six days per week as domestic helpers (OFWs). They come together on Sundays to empower themselves as women to live their dreams and embrace their home culture. The film won the Metro Manila Film Festivals and OFWs are organizing viewing parties to keep it in theaters.


Unilever sued over St. Ives Apricot Scrub harm (TMZ)

Why it’s important: LRB is all about giving you the information you need to make your own beauty choices. A lot of our Real Beauties have recommended St. Ives Apricot Scrub as a natural option. But walnut shells may be harmful to your skin, and this product may have made some false claims about the results of dermatologist testing.


Transgender school beauty pageant in Thailand gets a huge global reception (Bangkok Post)

Why it’s important: A teacher creates a welcoming space for rural kids to express their #beautyempowered without regard to gender identity, and 2.7 million people have embraced that message on YouTube. If you’re feeling uncertain about 2017, remember that you, just like that teacher, have the power to manifest a positive reality. Focus your mind and get started!


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