Niki McGloster on Healthy Habits

5 Fun Exercises To Get You And Your BFF Toned Together

5 Fun Exercises To Get You And Your BFF Toned Together

I work out harder when my BFF is by my side. She inspires me to try new things (Muay Thai, for example) and motivates me when I want to unwrap my boxing gloves before class is over. Plus, I like having a gossip girl by my side to take my mind off my aching legs. Recently, […]

Niki McGloster on Beauty Bag

5 Budget-Friendly Subscription Boxes To Try That Aren’t Birchbox And Ipsy

5 Budget-Friendly Subscription Boxes To Try That Aren’t Birchbox And Ipsy

When summer rolls in, I feel it’s time for an upgrade. I’m constantly copping new lip shades or a pair of denim shorts, but I tend to stick to the same old brands and styles. This summer, though, I want to sign up for a few new subscription boxes to mix up my options and find new beauty […]

Niki McGloster on Marijuana

Women Apparently Want To Get High For This One Specific Reason

Women Apparently Want To Get High For This One Specific Reason

In college, I was as knowledgeable about weed as I was rocket science. I wasn’t concerned with the different tastes and strains as much as I was about getting high. So, I smoked every type of terrible marijuana available. However, I became a weed snob after trying Purple Haze for the first time. Like most sativas, the […]

Niki McGloster on Love Hurts

The Simple Way You Can Stop Being Friend Zoned For Good

The Simple Way You Can Stop Being Friend Zoned For Good

I knew our friendship was doomed when I began smiling as his name flashed across my iPhone screen. In college, we became fast friends and I appreciated his kind-hearted, ambitious nature. Back then, I flirted with the idea of telling him how I felt. Months ago, those lingering feelings resurfaced with a vengeance as I […]

Niki McGloster on Beauty Bag

17 Post-Gym Hairstyles That’ll Make Your Sweaty Strands Look Chic

17 Post-Gym Hairstyles That’ll Make Your Sweaty Strands Look Chic

Making it to the gym is only half the battle. The real work is figuring out what to do with my hair afterward because, as you’ve probably noticed, an intense sweat session completely obliterates any hairstyle. Curly or straight, my hair never makes it out of a workout alive. To keep my hair somewhat intact, I usually wear […]

Niki McGloster on Family Comes First

8 Unconventional Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Really Want

8 Unconventional Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Really Want

When I was little, my dad and I bought my mom a gold necklace. I don’t actually remember my mom’s reaction, but I recall feeling overwhelmingly happy about doing something particularly special for my “#1 Mom.” Since then, Mother’s Day has been a pretty big deal. I haven’t always had money to ball out on […]

Niki McGloster on The Closet

I Stayed Up Until 1 AM To Shop Beyoncé’s Coveted Ivy Park Line

I Stayed Up Until 1 AM To Shop Beyoncé’s Coveted Ivy Park Line

My world stops for Beyoncé. I’m not sure when my mild fandom reached full-blown BeyHive levels, but over time I’ve come to accept I’ll do anything outside of harm to myself or others (maybe) for the diva. This includes waiting online for hours to purchase Ivy Park, her 200-piece causal and activewear collection in partnership with Sir […]

Niki McGloster on Love Hurts

10 Levels Of Jealous Every Woman Acts When She’s Dating Someone New

10 Levels Of Jealous Every Woman Acts When She’s Dating Someone New

The first time I felt Hulk-like jealousy wash over me was the morning after prom night. All my friends crashed at my best friend’s house except me, since I’d passed out on the dance floor and was rushed home. The next morning, I headed to my BFF’s house early to get a recap of the night’s events, but all […]

Niki McGloster on Beauty Bag

Quick, No-Nonsense Tips For Color Correcting As A Black Woman

Quick, No-Nonsense Tips For Color Correcting As A Black Woman

I have no clue how to apply makeup correctly. I have adult acne, so I learned early on how to cover up most of my dark spots and blemishes. It’s almost the same every time: a dark lip, light powder, eyeliner and mascara. I never get all fancy with contouring for dramatic effect and rinse my makeup away at night to […]

Niki McGloster on Love Hurts

I Tried A Dating App For Women Of Color, But I Still Didn’t Find Love Online

I Tried A Dating App For Women Of Color, But I Still Didn’t Find Love Online

On the whole, the process of online dating is a great thing. Singles dress up their bios with pithy zingers in an attempt to match with other bae-less individuals. Sometimes this pairing leads to an awkward exchange. Or, if both parties skip the coy act, it leads to a pre-first date. As a black woman, however, […]

Niki McGloster on Digital Generation

How To Brand Your Fitness Journey Like A Pro, According To Alyssa Bossio

How To Brand Your Fitness Journey Like A Pro, According To Alyssa Bossio

If you’re a 20-something scrolling through Instagram on a daily basis, you’re well aware of the current fitness boom. Alyssa Bossio, a 23-year-old pro fitness model, knows all about it. In fact, she was an early adopter of the #fitspiration health wave. Back when Instagram was barely a year old, Bossio launched Fittlyss, a personal […]

Niki McGloster on Healthy Habits

5 Natural, Foolproof Ways To Battle Your Frustrating Spring Allergies

5 Natural, Foolproof Ways To Battle Your Frustrating Spring Allergies

If you’re like 30 percent of the population, your body freaks out over spring pollen. The microscopic grains invade your immune system, making your body release histamines, produce excess mucus and subject you to flu-like symptoms without the fever. Throughout the season change, I’ve witnessed many friends sniffle through the painful experience. Every year, I watch helplessly as they […]