We’re Obsessed With This Australian Pink Clay Mask


It’s perfect for sensitive skin

Lately, it seems like every beauty insider I know has an Australian pink clay mask stocked in their beauty cabinet—and it's not just because of its on-trend hue. Instead, Australian pink clay has become popular for good reason. It brightens skin, appears to shrink pores, and gives that glowing complexion we all want.

But where has this ingredient been hiding? Has Australia been keeping secrets from the rest of the world? As many Australian beauty professionals assured me, this is not the case at all—the ingredient is a relatively new phenomenon Down Under, too. But what a phenomenon it is. I was first introduced to it thanks to Australian brand Alya Skin, and quickly fell in love.

As per the instructions, I spread the mask evenly across my face and then sat back and relaxed for 10 minutes. In that time, the mask had hardened, and I was certain that I was going to have my head in the sink scrubbing clay off my skin until I was red and raw, as I've had to do with similar clay masks. But to my delight, the clay came off almost instantlyit took under a minute to wash the mask off entirely. But better than that was the way in which it didn't leave my sensitive skin inflamed in any way. The morning after using it, I woke up and my skin looked great: bright, healthy, and without redness. It felt like magic.

Although, spoiler, according to Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, it wasn’t actually magic that improved my skin, just the naturally occurring properties from the clay. “Clay masks calm and brighten dehydrated and tired-looking skin,” she tells me. “Pink clay masks specifically are anti-inflammatory; clay- or cream-based masks are great because they hold moisture and other important properties like aloe, serums, peptides. Plus, the masks hold these properties on your skin longer than just a moisturizer would.” Dr. Talakoub also explains that this type of clay is able to penetrate deeper levels of skin than other types of masks.

And the magic of natural Australian products doesn’t stop with this face mask. (You can check out a full list of our favorite Australian beauty brands here.) The team behind Alya Skin is in the midst of developing four new products, all made from Australian ingredients. However, the brand warns that the development process is lengthy: “Before we launch a product, we really want to make sure we’ve had it in the hands of as many people as possible, testing the product and giving us honest feedback.”

In the meantime, though, enjoy using the original Australian pink clay mask, and your skin will thank you.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.