Glimmers of Life

Posts Tagged ‘beauty

I just thought I’d take a moment to say how fantastic Stylist Magazine is. Stylist is the free women’s magazine that usually appears on newspaper stands every Wednesday. I don’t know how long it’s been going for or much about it at all except that I like it. Every week I pick up a copy and look forward to taking a few moments to read it – sometimes I don’t get those moments (hence there reason there’s a pile of them by my bed) but I take the chance to read what I can when I can. In fact I particularly like it if my daughter falls asleep in the car on the way home because then I can stay in the car a little longer parked up outside my house and read an article or two. I’ll always try to read the “Day in the life of…” section and the interview at the back…. But inevitably they’ll be another article that I fancy reading… hence the pile by my bed!

But what inspired me to put my Stylist love down on virtual paper was the fact that they featured an afro hair product on their 30 Most Desirable Items This Week feature. It was one of those moments when your brain and voice box fizz with excitement and a little involuntary squeal comes out. Personally I found this reaction quite odd. What’s the big deal?! It’s just a product on a page, they do it all the time, there’s almost always at least one product in this feature that I like – one on which if I had the cash it would be splashed. I think what it was was that I felt acknowledged, acknowledged in the main stream. The beauty pages are usually targeted to the majority and that’s fine, I can still learn things, after all everyone has a face and tips on how to make the most of it can always be adapted whatever the skin tone. But this product is not for the majority, it’s only for those of us blessed with afro hair and Stylist thought they’d let me know about it. They say small things amuse small minds – but this little addition in the magazine delighted my little mind, that sits under my minority hair and put a big smile under my wide nose.

Thanks Stylist!

I don’t usually buy Marie Claire, I don’t even really read it as it seems a little high brow for my childlike knowledge of fashion and trends. But last month my job required me to buy a copy and I decided to sneak it home for a cheeky read. To my surprise I came across a whole bag dedicated to black women.
Now back when I used to be an avid reader of the Guardian on Saturday, one of the many highlights was the section written by Hannah Pool called “The New Black” (i think). It was usually an article about something “black”, or at least that black women would be interested in and as a black woman I was interested. But then it stopped – and I was left without a guide….
So this section in Marie Claire is a welcome surprise. In the edition I read, it had a bit about having natural hair, and a bit about make up. It was small considering it is such a fat magazine but appreciated.
This month’s edition of the magazine has a shower gel freebie, so it may just be worth getting a copy…