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This goes beyond natural ingredients

Beauty brands have been going green for some time now. Over the years, ingredient lists have shifted from indecipherable essays to easy-to-read and compact compilations. At the same time, natural cosmetics went from being niche to a priority for brands. With this increase in visibility, more natural beauty companies appeared on the market and consumers were granted more accessibility to products that wouldn't leave them with a guilty conscience. Now that green has pretty much taken over, Jeannie Jarnot, the owner of online beauty store Beauty Heroes, thinks it’s time to move onto the next phase of clean beauty: going blue.

According to Jarnot, who founded an initiative called Project Blue Beauty—which spotlights brands who are helping create a bluer planet—the blue beauty lifestyle goes a step beyond green and primarily involves giving back and contributing to the well-being of the environment in a positive way. “Going blue is brands saying, ‘We want to do the best we can in our company, we want to be as green as we can, but we also recognize that the industry needs to make up for the damage that’s been done to the planet.’”

Don’t let the name (or color) fool you—going blue doesn’t just involve products that preserve the ocean. Your sunscreen may be reef-friendly and your body scrub might not contain microbeads anymore, and that’s great, but what is the brand you’re supporting doing to positively impact the environment or, say, the community it sources its ingredients from?

Some brands that Jarnot thinks embody the blue philosophy well are Laurel Whole Planet Organics, Honua Skincare, and Kahina Giving Beauty. All three, she explains, work with the farmers who the founders source ingredients from to help sustain them. “How they work with them is, they say, ‘Okay, we're not only going to buy ingredients from you, that's one step, we're actually going to support you in creating systems so that you can grow and replenish what we're taking.’” Laurel commonly works with farmers in northern California, Honua with agricultural farmers in Hawaii, and Kahina with farmers and agricultural co-ops in Morocco. “They work with these communities to actually lift them up, so that they can grow and be bigger and support others.”

Some other favorites are Osmia Organics and Osea. About Osmia, Jarnot says, “[The founders] really look at product life cycle all of the way through to the end.” She adds that the brand also plants a tree for every online order. “So, they’ve planted like 15,000 trees this year so far.” Osea, on the other hand, works with sustainable seaweed harvesters and gives back to causes that support ocean health. Another brand that recently launched, One Ocean Beauty, partners with the organization Oceana to help protect and restore the world’s oceans.

For a lot of the brands Jarnot highlights, this concept of giving back is part of its DNA; she says, “This is why they started their companies, to be able to contribute to a better planet.” But, of course, not all companies were aware of their potential to go blue. How can they easily make the switch? Jarnot recommends starting the process of going blue by encouraging companies to sign up for One Percent for the Planet. “They don’t have to start a big program or do something that’s really laborious and takes a lot of time to be able to do something,” she says. The organization will simply give 1 percent of profits to, as the website states, “address the most pressing issues facing our planet.”

As for what consumers can do to help the blue initiative move forward, the big (and most obvious) one is making sure you support brands that are giving back something to the planet (the ones we listed are great; Beauty Heroes also has a list of its own here). Another is being conscious of how many products we use and cut back on excessive buying. “Beauty is something that you replenish all of the time,” Jarnot says. “It’s not something that you buy once, like a computer or a car, and buy again every five or seven years. You're constantly buying new foundation, lipstick, deodorant... it's just a very consumable and huge industry.” So since it's just about impossible to limit yourself to buying products every couple of years, instead, put more thought into whether or not you really need something before swiping. “Be in love with beauty, it’s awesome and it’s so fun,” Jarnot says. “We love our favorite products, we just need fewer of them and better ones.”

The blue beauty project is still very much in its beginning stages, but here’s hoping it takes off just as swiftly as the green movement did. We should care about what’s in our products just as much as we do about the ethical nature of the brands making them. “I think beauty is an emotional industry and what we use on our bodies and what our skin is so personal and intimate,” Jarnot says. “And knowing that you're buying from a brand that cares about your health and the health of the planet, I think, just strengthens that emotional connection you have.”

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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