Niki McGloster

Niki McGloster is a Maryland native living and Draking in NYC. Seriously, bios freak her out.

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 …
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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 …
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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 sno…
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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. …
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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 i…
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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 pret…
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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 pur…
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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 ho…
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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 co…
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Someone Finally Designed An App To Help Women Of Color Date 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 …
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6 Ways To Brand Your Fitness Journey On Social Media Like An Instagram Star

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 wa…
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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. …
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8 Fierce, Powerful Songs Guaranteed To Get You Through A Stressful Work Day

For me, music is life. My many iTunes playlists are perfectly curated to carry me through any crappy day. I queue up Tom Misch's "Memory" when I want to quiet my thoughts. When a bad date gets me down, Brandy's "Never Say Never" album is my fool-proo…
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8 Answers To All The Pegging Questions You're Too Butt Hurt To Ask

My girlfriends and I talk about sex as much as Drake raps about strippers. Though we're all on the kinkier side of sexuality, when the topic of pegging popped up, they didn't even recognize the term. After I explained that pegging is when a woman pen…
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Why Talking About Poop In A Relationship Will Definitely Ruin The Romance

For some reason, God has blessed me with family and friends who fart freely and talk about poop at length. Granted, they're comfortable with me, so I nod and allow them a judgement-free space to speak (with as little complaining as I can muster). Tha…
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This Chemical Peel Will Get Rid Of Your Bacne Scars In Time For Swim Season

Acne is a sore subject for me. Since starting to write about my skin issues, I've begun to accept the dark marks left behind by years of acne. But, I didn't realize how much self-consciousness I still harbor about my discolored skin until my editor s…
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5 Helpful Organizing Apps That Will Spring Clean Your Life

Spring is officially upon us. This bright, new season makes me want to hit refresh on every aspect of my life, from my wellness to the color of my carpet. I've spent the past two weekends rearranging my living space, throwing away old linen and bring…
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7 Simple Ways You Can Finally Stop Hating Your Body

I've never fully accepted my 5-foot-tall frame. Instead, I beat myself up, thinking about my not-so-flat stomach and obsessing over burning calories at the gym. I desperately want to wake up feeling completely OK with my body, but it's a work in prog…
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Christian Louboutin's Latest News Will Make Women Of Color Very Happy

As a woman of color, most "nudes" don't apply to me. The definition of nude, as it stands in beauty and fashion, hovers somewhere between beige and tan, leaving us brown girls to either settle on ill-matched clothes or stick with black. Trust me, the…
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10 Signs You're Forcing Yourself To Like Someone You'd Rather Ghost

As of late, my life as a single 20-something has been confusing. Aside from my typical "What the hell am I doing with my life?" musings, I've been dealing with a guy. As a matter of fact, he's a great guy who's perfect on paper: great job, decently s…
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