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2021 Will Be Nazanin Mandi’s Year



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Nazanin Mandi was 15 years old when she auditioned for American Idol. A talented teenager who loved to sing and act, she still remembers the ad for the now-famous TV show flashing on the television in her suburban California home as she and her mother watched Fox Eleven News.

“My mom was like, ‘You should go do this,’” Mandi remembers. “But you had to be between 16 and 25 years old, and I was 15 at the time. She said to me, ‘Let’s see how far you get. I started making every round. I just kept going and going and going. And right when we got to the top 35 out of thousands of people, they did a background check and discovered I was 15. They kicked me right off the show.”

The incident derailed Mandi’s nascent career—and, for a while, her dreams. “At that age, it’s like the world is going to end, you think that’s your only chance,” she says. “When in reality, your life hasn’t truly begun.”

Today, Mandi is a full-time actress and model who was named a brand ambassador for Rihanna’s acclaimed lingerie line Savage X Fenty in July. In 2019, she released her first single, “Forever Mood,” an R&B single about staying empowered in true love that was executive-produced by her Grammy-winning husband Miguel. And in August, she starred in the independent film The Last Conception as an Indian-American scientist coming out as a lesbian to her parents.

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Success didn’t come easy to the 34-year-old actress. While Nazanin knew she wanted to be a performer since childhood, she’s not from a showbiz background; Mandi’s father is Iranian and her mother is Mexican, and growing up in Valencia, a mostly white town of less than a 100,000 people, Mandi felt like she “stuck out like a sore thumb.”

“I’d go to school and not see anybody who looked like me, or anybody I could relate or talk to about things that have culturally impacted me or my family, or something I’m going through,” she says. “I always felt alone. I was like, I need to get out of here. I need diversity. I need to feel like I belong.”

At 18 she moved to Los Angeles, but the freedom of escaping Valencia was overshadowed by a life-changing event: the divorce of her parents after 23 years of marriage. “It was like starting a completely new life in every aspect,” she recalls. Though things were amicable, Mandi, who remains family-oriented (her cousin is her makeup artist), was shocked. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over my parents divorcing.”

As she came to terms with her parents’ decision, Mandi began building a life in L.A., balancing her day job with modeling and auditions. Casting calls were few and far in between, and she worked in retail for seven years, selling clothes at a boutique on Sunset Boulevard to rich customers she now works with or sees at parties. “I’m a very driven woman,” she says. “I knew in order to drive a car to castings, I had to pay for it. When you want something bad enough, you make it happen.”

And yet, even with her work ethic, Mandi faced barriers in the industry based on her mixed-race background and distinct looks. “It’s hard to cast me as a lead because it’s hard to find a full family that looks like it could be my family,” she says. “I would always get the girlfriend or the best friend. I used to feel defeated walking into a casting room because the actors already auditioning looked nothing like me.”

Even as she landed dream photoshoots and casting calls, Mandi fell into a deep depression that lasted through most of her 20s. The misery was compounded by a reliance on diet pills and a lack of confidence in her body. She felt she wasn’t skinny enough, even as her weight dropped to a staggering 102 pounds.

“I knew the potential in me, and that I couldn’t do it alone.”

“When I was about eleven, somebody very close to me told me I was gaining weight,” Mandi said. “I was 24 years old when I got on diet pills. If I didn’t take them, I’d have panic attacks.”

Knowing she couldn’t face her fears alone, Mandi decided to ask for help and committed to investing in her mental and physical health before she turned 30. “I knew I had to get my life together,” she says. “I knew the potential in me, and that I couldn’t do it alone.” It took therapy and a commitment to working through her issues to get off the diet pills and become a healthier, stronger person.

Embracing her natural beauty also led to healing. “We go on Instagram and scroll and see these beautiful women who don’t look like us. But it’s important to put those thoughts in check and embrace your uniqueness and showcase that,” she says.

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Mandi at the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 on October 2, 2020.

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Mandi found a source of support in Miguel, whom she married in 2018 after dating more than ten years. “Going from nothing to where we are now, it’s a [commitment] night and day, and through the journey, we’ve supported each other,” she says. The power couple has influenced each other’s creative pursuits as well: Mandi inspired Miguel’s Grammy-winning song “Adorn,” and recently, the two appeared in the Savage X Fenty fashion show. Mandi, clad in a glittery green bra and leather thigh-high boots, saunters up to her husband and dances with him as he sings on the mic.

Today, Mandi counts over a million followers on Instagram and is a brand ambassador for the feminine label Missguided. She also co-hosts a podcast with her cousin, Nadia Moham, called Ladies Like Us, and became certified as a life coach in February. “I want people from all walks of life and from any age, who, when they look at me, can say if she can do it, then I can do it too,” she says. “That’s my dream.”

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The future glows brightly for Nazanin Mandi. She teased she has “something really special” coming up with Savage X Fenty, which she can’t yet disclose, and in 2021 she’ll start filming a TV show with BET. Even as she stakes out her own success, Mandi still finds it important to help other women achieve their dreams and plans to start a life-coaching company. Progress has been delayed because of the pandemic, but Mandi hopes to host her first webinar soon.

“We really can do anything if we put our minds to it, and as women, we know how to multitask. We run families, we have relationships, we pursue full-on careers,” she says. “[As entertainers], I feel that’s the reason why we do it, the purpose is to inspire and bring people hope. And when I can see other women I’ve helped thrive in any way, I will know my ultimate purpose has been fulfilled.”

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This $7 Concealer Will Make Your Angry Red Pimple Disappear



This $7 Concealer Will Make Your Angry Red Pimple Disappear

Green concealer is a beloved tool in our makeup arsenals because of the way it masks uneven skin tones. Because green is a complementary color to red (see: the color wheel) it’s able to neutralize fiery active pimples, broken capillaries, acne scars, sunburns, and all types of inflammation. Plus, most green concealers go on sheer so you never have to worry about looking like The Wicked Witch of the West.

Aliana Lopez, New York-based celebrity makeup artist who counts the likes of Ella Mai, Eva Chen, and Emily Weiss as clients, advises, “If you need help with covering a super red break out, I would reach for a higher coverage green concealer and spot conceal as needed; first layering the green concealer then topping it with your foundation, any discoloration that still peaks through can easily be covered with your normal concealer. If your needs are for neutralizing a larger area of redness, a primer or tinted green moisturizer may be a better option. The best thing to keep in mind is less is more, so thin layers of the product will result in a more natural, seamless look. I think these products are great green correctors: Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, YSL’s Nu Tone Corrector, and Lancôme’s Teint Idole Color Corrector.”

Now that we’ve convinced you not to live another moment without one, we’ve rounded up the 31 best green concealers on the market.

E.l.f. Color Correcting Stick

Infused with vitamin C, this creamy corrective still will give you both coverage and hydration. The pigment is buildable and the jade hue is ideal for medium to dark skin tones.

Dr. Jart+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

For that healthy, glowy look devoid of redness, look no further than Dr. Jart’s Color Correcting Treatment. One reviewer gushes,”I basically just use this in place of foundation now and it’s great at covering up redness!” Plus it offers you an ever-so important layer of mineral SPF 30 protection.

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Tone Corrector & Complexion Booster

Lightweight and hydrating, this YSL color corrector formulated with Vitamin E goes on sheer to neutralize larger areas of redness. The result: a completely natural, glowy complexion.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector

Use this all over your face if you’ve got ruddy tones that need some evening out. It can also be applied for on-the-spot coverage.

LA Girl HD Conceal High Definition Concealer

A top Reddit recommendation, this wonder product can cover dark circles and unwanted tones and textures. And, let’s be real, at such an affordable price, what do you have to lose?

NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer

If you’re looking for a product that’ll get the job done, may we suggest NYX’s HD Photogenic Concealer? One reviewer confirms, “I have severe enough rosacea and sensitivity, so I’ve tried everything to minimize that redness and embarrassment. Happy to report the search is over; this is strong enough that only one or two of swipes on problem areas neutralizes the discoloration, and creamy enough that it doesn’t cakeify on my very dry skin. It also holds up beautifully beneath all sorts of base products from concealer to full-coverage foundations.”

ULTA Beauty Color Correcting Liquid Concealer

ULTA knows a thing or two about what makes a great beauty product. You’ll see what we mean when you try this waterproof Color Correcting Liquid Concealer. After all, it is a spin off of their best-selling Full Coverage Liquid Concealer. Expect creamy, lasting pigment.

Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer

Eliminate redness with the swipe of the hand. Apply a small amount of concealer and easily blend the hypoallergenic formula with your fingers. Bonus: It’s waterproof.

Morphe Fluidity Color Correcting Concealer

Skip the fret of having to touchup your makeup and also inadvertently, the risk of beauty products exploding in your purse with Morphe’s Color Correcting Concealer that you stays put for 16 hours. That’s two thirds of any given day!

Physicians Formula RX Physicians Strength Concealer

These Amazon reviews speak for themselves: “As a former makeup artist I can tell you that it covers just about any imperfection you may have! Whether it’s Rosacea, acne scars, surgical scars, blemishes, acne, red cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, or simply something you don’t particularly like and want to conceal this product will cover it flawlessly. I love the fact that it lasts all day too. No stopping to touch up the cover up on that pimple anymore!”

Cover FX Correct Click Color Corrector

Here’s a customizable dream: You select two shades of your choice to either correct, enhance or cover. You already know green can neutralize red—pair it with lavender to tone down yellowness and add brightness.

Physicians Formula Concealer Twins Cream Concealers

If you’re looking to cover scars or a very red pimple, this is your go-to. Start with the green corrector to blot out any redness, then top with the light concealer for fuller coverage.

Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer

This priming balm makes for the perfect base as the shade not only eliminates redness, but its moisturizing ability smooths and blurs the look of fine lines.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass All Is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer

This is a rich, buildable creamy color corrector that will hide your angriest blemishes in a snap.

Erborian CC Red Correct

Velvety, hydrating, and blendable, Erborian’s CC Red Correct is your answer to lightweight color-correcting coverage that flatters every skin tone. Plus, it features SPF 25.

J.Cat Beauty Green Eyesurance Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Balm

Prep your skin for flawlessness with J. Cat’s Green Eyesurance. Because it’s a balm, it hydrates and smooths under anything you might choose to layer it with.

Chanel Longwear Colour Corrector Concealer

Neutralize redness with Chanel’s Color Correcting Concealer, a lightweight, soft-focus pigment for the most seamless, long-lasting finish. 

Neutrogena Color Correcting Concealer

Swipe away any redness with Neutrogena’s velvety color correcting concealer—it’s oil- and frangrance-free, giving you the coverage you need without the cakiness.

L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit

This L’Oreal palette has got your back—neutralize redness, discoloration, dark circles, and dullness all at once. 

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette

Visibly hide trouble spots with color illusions. Here’s how it works: yellow and peach conceal dullness and dark circles, green covers redness, purple and pink brighten, while light and medium camouflage it all.

NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Jar

If you’re looking for a bit more coverage and pigment, NYX’s concealer jar is the answer to all your color correcting needs.  Plus, its emollients keep your skin hydrated.

Covergirl Trublend Pre-Touching Color Correcting Palette

Let this one reviewer encompass the magic of Covergirl’s color correcting palette, “This works so well! My favorite is how much difference the green makes with my red skin. It’s so great! It evens me out without looking like I have a bunch of makeup on. I should add that I have very sensitive skin and have had no issues with this product.”

L’Oreal True Match Correcting Crayon Concealer

Transform your complexion and neutralize and blemishes or blotchiness with this blendable concealer. Plus, its crayon shape makes application easy as ever.

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

To eliminate any redness without the worry of creasing, Smashbox has you covered (pun intended). One reviewer shares, “My eyes are dark underneath and red on the lids and tend to be dry. I use this with the green stick for perfect coverage without primer. It blends so easily and does not settle into the fine lines.”

Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Pen

We can all agree our zits are our Public Enemy No.1—target them with this precision brush for easy application anytime, anywhereHigh-Definition Filter Technology (TBC) captures and transforms any light, to blur and soften flaws, leaving the perfect app filtered look

Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick

For light and easy coverage, just a swipe or dab of this concealer stick will visibly eliminate any red blemishes or scars.

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Liquid Primer

Trust us, once you’ve tried this NYX color corrector, you won’t be able to go back. These reviews explain: 

“My very favorite primer to tone down the pink in my skin.”
“Good coverage, light feel, easy to apply.”

“Love this product you can wear it under makeup or without.” 

Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

Minimize redness and keep your makeup in place so it looks better and lasts longer with this two in one color corrector. 

Neutrogena Clear Coverage CC Compact

Cut down on shine and redness with this all-in-one color correcting powder, leaving you with a matte finish and makeup that’ll last all day long.

J.Cat Beauty Color Corrector Quad Spectrum Palette

Address your complexion head-on with this arsenal of colors. Plus, you just can’t beat the price.

STILA’s Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette

Gone are the days of lugging around a million products everyday—Stila’s Color Correcting Palette brings you everything you’ll need for flawless skin in one sweet little compact. It’s easy, buildable, and blendable. A reviewer confirms, “Gives as little or as much coverage as you need and has a perfect texture.”

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These 32 Face Serums Will Replace Your Monthly Facials



These 32 Face Serums Will Replace Your Monthly Facials

Whether your skincare routine consists of 15 steps or two, there is one product that’s non-negotiable: a face serum. Yes, minimalism is a thing. But so is having gorgeous, soothed skin that’s taken care of in the way it so desperately needs.

What Is A Face Serum?
So, what exactly is a serum? “A serum is usually a liquid or gel containing high concentrations of skin actives, which are able to penetrate deeper than other topicals [like moisturizers] with content occlusives that prevent deeper penetration,” explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum.

Why Do I Need Face A Serum?

This essential step offers more targeted results, potent formulations, and customization options. You’re never too young to start using a serum, Nussbaum shares, and they’re the best way to target specific skin concerns due to their high concentration and potency.

What Kind Of Face Serum Do I Need?

It’s important when choosing a serum to know which skin concern you’re hoping to target—most basic serums contain a combination of antioxidants, which will brighten the skin. Looking for something moisturizing? “A hydrating serum should contain hyaluronic acid and peptide,” Nussbaum says. “Hyluaronic acid keeps skin plump and glowing—and basically allows your skin to repair itself easier.” If anti-aging is your main concern, Nussbaum advises looking for a serum that contain retinols (which increase skin cell turnover), glycolic acid, and vitamin C.

How Do I Use Face Serums In My Routine?

Nussbaum recommends applying serum twice a day immediately after cleansing your skin to your face and neck. Since serums are so lightweight, they’re easy to layer, she says—apply yours before any SPF or makeup. Whether you’re already a superfan of serums or ready to try one for the first time, check out these options to help you get the skin of your dreams.

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Coach’s New Collab with Jennifer Lopez Is “Wearable, and a Little Bit Glamorous”



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Coach and Jennifer Lopez have teamed up once again to announce a second collaboration, which launched on Oct. 6, featuring all sorts of cute bags and winter clothes. Available to shop online now at the Coach Outlet, you’ll find shearling purses with the “C” logo, quilted crossbodies with chain details, shoulder bags, and even luxe outerwear and joggers. There are also bags with the NYC skyline on them, inspired by the brand and J. Lo’s roots.

“Coach and I have a lot in common. Mostly we believe in the power of being real— in authenticity,” said Lopez in a press release. “This collection is so Coach and so me. It’s wearable, and a little bit glamorous—but also sporty. It’s that mix that really excites me. It’s the unedited, unfiltered, raw version of us.” Browse some of the standout pieces below so you can find—and buy!—whatever style speaks to you, or shop the full collection here.

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Marlie Top Handle Satchel With Linear Quilting

The chain clasp on this quilted guy is so chic, no? 


Chain Belt Bag

Wear this style on your waist or over your shoulder— it’s up to you!


Pennie Backpack 22 In Signature Shearling

Fall is always a great time for backpack shopping, and this one will definitely turn heads. 


Corner Zip Wristlet With Nyc Skyline

A cute lil wristlet with the NYC skyline on it is perfect for taking with you on quick errands. 


Bowery Crossbody With Linear Quilting

Everyone needs a classic black crossbody in their lives. It’s just a fact.  


Bowery Crossbody

Or if you’re more of a neutral person, then opt for this beige. 


Chain Belt Bag In Signature Shearling


Lopez Wool Overcoat

Pretty sure I’ll be dreaming about this exact coat later today. 


Signature Shearling Coat

The collar and pockets on this gorgeous design feature the brand’s logo in a subtle way. 


Signature Sweatpants

The sweatpants trend lives on. 

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