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11 Best Body Oils That’ll Leave Your Skin Super Soft

There are beauty products that are necessities like a good cleanser, a reliable spot treatment, and a concealer that makes me look like I got enough sleep to be a functioning human. Then there are ones that are totally extra and make me feel like I’m living my best life, like pretty much anything Pat McGrath puts her name on. There’s a bit of a grey area, though, and some products straddle the line between the two, my current favorite being body oils. They have a purpose, sure, to moisturize your body, but they do their job in the most luxurious way possible.

Using a body oil takes moisturizing from a chore to a full-blown experience. When I rub myself down with a body oil after a shower (always moisturize your body when it’s damp!), I’m not in my subpar Brooklyn bathroom, I’m in a gorgeous spa somewhere in the Italian countryside preparing for my date with Timothèe Chalamet. Fantasy aside, they really work—they make my skin smell amazing and softer than any lotion can (I especially love to use one on my legs after shaving).

Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, says that this extreme softness is because oils mimic the natural lipids found in our bodies and “like serums, they sink in between the cells and create a better smoother skin surface.” They also have protective qualities that some lotions don’t and are great at really locking in moisture. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, adds that oils have natural emollient ingredients that help soften rough skin. Because of these qualities, they can be especially helpful if you suffer from super-dry skin or eczema, especially heavier oils like avocado.

A quick word of warning: If you tend to break out on your shoulders or back, lotion might be the better option for you, as oils can exacerbate body acne. But if you do reach for an oil, Dr. Zeichner recommends looking for ingredients like tea tree, coconut, or lavender oils, which are light enough to keep you breakout free.

If you want to get in on the fantasy, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, as well as derms’ suggestions. Read on for the best body oils.

I Chose Unassisted Home Birth Because Pregnant Black Women Are Dying at Terrifying Rates

Kneeling on all fours in an inflatable pool in my living room, I could feel my baby’s head crowning. I reached down to touch him, stunned at the quiet instinctiveness my body seemed to possess. Before I could even think about what to do next, my body summoned one last great push, safely delivering my son into my husband’s waiting hands. We sat there in awe, just the three of us—no doctor, no midwife, no doula—soaking in what suddenly felt like the perfect birth.

My husband and I always knew we wanted a home birth. Aromatherapy, candlelight, and the comfort and safety of my own home always sounded far superior to a sterile hospital delivery room filled with strangers in scrubs. But what we didn’t initially plan was that we’d have a completely unassisted home birth, without a trained birthing professional like a doctor or midwife present to help coach us through the delivery of our first child.

From almost the moment I found out I was pregnant, I worried. Every mom-to-be worries—Will I have pregnancy complications? Will my child be healthy? Will I poop during labor?—but as a Black woman in America, the realization quickly set in: being pregnant meant putting my wellbeing, even my life, on the line in a way that white moms, statistically, don’t have to.

Shockingly the United States is the most dangerous developed country in the world to have a baby—women in the United States are three times more likely to die during childbirth than women in Canada. To put it in perspective, that’s a higher maternal mortality rate than Kuwait and Kazakhstan. Immediately after giving birth, complications like postpartum hemorrhage can threaten a new mother’s life—and after leaving the hospital, many more women face health complications that can be life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some estimates say 60 percent of these deaths are preventable.

That’s enough to keep any pregnant woman up at night, but for Black women, the stats are even more chilling: Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death than white women. The prevailing theory as to why this gross inequity exists: Black women are often ignored and dismissed when it comes to health issues—including ones that can turn fatal.

Even Serena Williams isn’t immune to the deadly bias. The day after giving birth, she was having trouble breathing. With a history of pulmonary embolism, she notified her care team right away, telling them she needed a CT scan. But William’s request was initially downplayed; nurses thought her pain medication might be making her confused, she told Vogue. Her persistence is what ultimately saved her life—when she finally did get the scan she needed, it revealed blood clots had indeed settled in her lungs.

Not all Black women are as lucky. Kira Johnson, a 39-year-old woman in Los Angeles, died just hours after giving birth to her second child. After a routine C-section, Johnson began complaining of excruciating abdominal pain, and started losing color, her husband told People. He noticed blood in her catheter but it was hours before her health care professionals took any action, he said. Another surgery revealed Johnson had massive internal bleeding. She died from the complications.

This racial bias weighed heavily on my mind—with stories like Johnson’s and Williams’ happening more often than I could stomach, how could I feel safe having a hospital birth? My husband’s own grandmother died while pregnant in the hospital. She was just 35.

Will Dragons Or Madea Win The Box Office This Weekend?

Well, it’s almost certainly going to be How to Train Your Dragon 3. A Madea Family Funeral is expected to take second place, but the dragons will rule once again.

The Hidden World broke records for the How to Train Your Dragon franchise last weekend. It did even better than expected. To Box Office Mojo, it’s just a question how how much — or how little — the film will dip in its second weekend. The first How to Train Your Dragon film dropped 33.7% in its second weekend, and the second dropped 50%. Mojo is predicting a drop in the middle around 42%, giving the film a second weekend domestic gross around $32 million.

It’s possible How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World could pass $100 million at the domestic box office this weekend, after 10 days in release. It has already made more than $217 million at the foreign box office, for a current total of $283.1 million.

In terms of A Madea Family Funeral, box office prognosticators have put the opening from $18M-$20M, but it may be higher. Most of the Madea films have opened over $20 million, and since this is the final film, that may draw extra opening weekend attention. Unlike the Dragon films, Madea makes most if not all of its money at the domestic box office. The highest grossing film so far is Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which made $90.5 million in 2009.

At this point, it’s looking like Dragons will top the first weekend of March’s box office, followed by Madea, and then two returnees — Alita: Battle Angel and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part — with the new release Greta probably making the top five with an opening around $5 million.

All of these films are going to need this weekend to make as much money as they can, because on March 8, the MCU’s Captain Marvel arrives to officially open superhero season. Wonder Park opens March 15, and Dumbo on March 29, before Shazam! continues superhero dominance April 5, and Avengers: Endgame takes all the money on April 26. After that, it’s blockbuster after blockbuster pretty much for the rest of the year, with some mini breaks here and there after the heart of summer.

Check out our weekend box office rundown on Sunday for the results of The Hidden World vs. Madea, and keep up with everything heading to the big screen with our 2019 movie release date schedule.

Could Lupita Nyong’o Be The Next Bond Girl?

This news comes to us from Deadline, and is sure to excite cinephiles out there. Lupita Nyong’o burst on the scene in a major way in 2013’s Twelve Years a Slave, earning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the process. Since then, Nyong’o has been keeping herself quite busy, with roles in major franchise like Nakia in Black Panther and Maz Kanata in the Star Wars franchise, plus an upcoming role in Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow up, Us. She’s an actress who can seemingly do it all, including going toe to toe with Daniel Crag’s James Bond.

Red-Band Hellboy Trailer Has Crazy Creatures And Tons Of Action

Hellboy isn’t a top tier superhero character when it comes to general popularity, but between Mike Mignola’s work and a pair of cult classic films from Guillermo del Toro, the character isn’t without his fans. Those fans have been waiting for the new Hellboy reboot film, and as we get closer to it, we now have yet another trailer, and this one is probably going to go over well with those looking forward to a more mature Hellboy movie. This is a red-band trailer so it’s NSFW. Check it out.

Where the first trailer mainly focused on introducing us to the new Hellboy, being played by David Harbour, this one gives us a bit more of the story that Hellboy will find himself in. It opens with Hellboy’s origin story, which it looks like we’ll get once again, but it won’t take up too much of the overall story. We’re introduced to Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim, and we see Milla Jovovich who will be playing the film’s main antagonist, Nimue the Blood Queen.

As with Guillermo del Toro’s version of Hellboy, one of the most impressive things here is the creature design. We see Hellboy dismembering a giant with its own weapon. Another massive creature walking through the Thames, and Hellboy himself riding a flaming winged demon through the sky. It all looks pretty cool and what a lot of people will want from a new Hellboy movie.

This is much more what I was expecting when it comes to the new Hellboy. When the project was first announced we were told the movie would be much closer to the character’s horror roots, a more dark and violent story. The first trailer, instead, was full of action and humor. While the movie still looked good, it didn’t really look like what had been promised.

While I still wouldn’t call this a horror reboot based on what I’ve seen, it’s certainly moving more in that direction. The red-band trailer guarantees the film’s R-rating. We hear the F-bomb dropped twice, and that means the R-rating is assured. Of course, on top of that, there’s quite a bit of blood spouting all over the place. Hellboy puts a hole in somebody’s face and makes out while under a shower of blood, which…is just weird. Should I feel like this is a sweet and romantic moment, because all the blood sort of ruins that.

While many would still like to see the third Helboy movie that Guillermo del Toro always wanted to make, this version of the story is looking like it might work out after all. David Harbour looks pretty good and he and Daniel Dae Kim look like they work well together.

We’ll get to see the final product when Hellboy comes out in April.

5 Spring 2019 Trends You Can Buy at Mango Right Now

Of all the spring trends that made their way down the runway, there are a handful that have truly stuck. No matter where you look, whether you’re catching up on street style or you’re browsing the new arrivals at your favorite retailers, you’ll spot an animal print or a golden-yellow statement piece. And if you’ve wanted to try either of these—or any of the other trends that are on the cusp, without breaking the bank—it’s time to hit up Mango. The Spanish retailer has them all well-represented in its latest collections. Ahead, you’ll find five of our favorite spring trends available at Mango right now for a quick wardrobe refresh.

Kylie Jenner Has Reportedly Accused Travis Scott of Cheating

When it rains in the Kardashian-Jenner house, it pours: TMZ is now reporting Kylie Jenner has accused Travis Scott of cheating. This comes roughly one week after news broke Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloé Kardashian with Kylie’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. It’s a lot to keep up with—pun completely intended.

So let’s focus on one thing at a time. Travis postponed his AstroWorld concert in Buffalo, New York on Thursday night (February 28), citing illness, but TMZ offers a different story. According to the outlet, Kylie accused Travis of cheating, and he opted to stay in Los Angeles to work things out with her. This whole saga reportedly started on Wednesday, when Travis flew home to surprise Kylie and their baby, Stormi, and she discovered “evidence” of his cheating. Per TMZ, a fight then ensued.

For what it’s worth, a rep for Travis tells People he strongly denies the cheating accusations. Kylie Jenner hasn’t commented on this situation—yet.

This is all unfolding as Jordyn Woods is set to appear on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series and, presumably, open up about what happened with Tristan the evening they allegedly hooked up. She’s only talked about the situation once—and it was brief, at an event launching her false eyelash collaboration with Eylure. “Thank you guys for coming out and supporting me through everything that’s going on,” she said, according to a video captured by beauty influencer Jade Simone. “It’s been real, and Eylure has been super real with a project I’ve been working on for over nine months right now.”

Kylie, meanwhile, is reportedly torn about what happened. “Jordyn has been like Kylie’s sister,” a source tells People. “They were inseparable, and always together. Jordyn often helped Kylie with Stormi. Kylie was always so excited to have Jordyn around. It seems Kylie isn’t sure what to do, but it seems impossible for her to keep Jordyn around.”

The Jonas Brothers Release a Video for their New Song “Sucker” Starring Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas

The Jonas Brothers are back, baby. The trio dropped their new single and accompanying video for “Sucker” at midnight—and it stars three very important women in their lives: Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas.

The song is an ode to being so head over heels for someone you’ll do anything they ask. With lyrics like “I’m a sucker for you / Say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly / Any road you take you know that you’ll find me” and “You’re making the typical me / Break my typical rules,” the JoBros are putting their love for their partners on display. Chopra and Nick Jonas got married last year; Game of Thrones star Turner and Joe are engaged; and Danielle and Kevin have been married since 2009 and have two children together.

The women take on co-starring roles in the video, as well, set at a lavish party at a European manor. There is serious fashion, lots of dancing, drinking champagne in bathtubs, and what appears to be a low-key bondage moment where Joe is tied up as Turner looks on.

“This is the first time we’ve worked together but not for a moment did it feel like work,” Chopra wrote on Instagram. ‘Such a fun family affair…#JonasBrothers and the #JSisters cheering each other on! Proud of you husband.” Turner and Danielle also gave shout-outs to their “J Sisters,” the nickname the women have given themselves on social media.

Fans are naturally freaking out on social media, too.

And they were very much here for the fact that the JoBros featured the loves of their lives in the video. “Wow who knew Danielle, Priyanka and Sophie are my new favorite Jonas brothers???” wrote one user. “The jonas brothers using their wives in the Sucker music video is the content i’m here for,” said another.

Maluma Talks New ‘HP’ Video, His ‘Magical’ Next Album, And Working With Madonna

“I feel very, very happy right now,” says Maluma, and it’s impossible not to believe him — you can practically hear him smiling over the phone. The Colombian superstar has been putting the finishing touches on his fourth album, and on Friday (March 1), he officially launched his new era by releasing the video for lead single “HP.” Directed by Nuno Gomes, it’s a colorful explosion of positive vibes, and there’s plenty more where that came from.

“We wanted to do a very, very colorful video because that’s what I’m doing with my next album, 11:11, is showing a lot of happiness, a lot of positive energy,” Maluma explained to MTV News. “We wanted to show all these colors and this happiness that I’m going through in my life.”

Shot in Miami, the new video takes the song’s cheeky message — “HP” is short for “hijueputa,” or “son of a bitch”; Maluma explains, “the ‘HP’ is the douchebag who doesn’t respect women” — and sets it against a fun-loving atmosphere. Maluma and his crew ride around Miami in ATVs, throw an outdoor dance party, and chide the douchebags who try to get in their way. Animated effects give the video a quirky touch, and Maluma sets the vibe with an instantly catchy hook about drinking, partying, and letting loose.

While 11:11 doesn’t have an official release date yet, Maluma said he’s eyeing an “early summer” drop, which should compliment his new music’s “very positive” energy.

“This project is special. It has a beautiful, beautiful magic because I feel like I’m reinventing myself. And now that I want to be a global artist, that’s what I have to do. I have to keep moving forward,” he explained, adding, “I’m doing the music that I really love. So everything is great; I’m growing as an artist and as a human being.”

For now, though, Maluma is focused on finishing the album while also carving out time in the studio with other artists. One of those possible collaborators is the one and only Madonna — she recently shared some pics of them in the studio together, though he’s tight-lipped about what exactly they’re working on.

“Well… we’re cooking,” he said, laughing. “We’re chefs, we love cooking. We were there making some music. I met her at the VMAs and that was a beautiful experience, and then we became friends. … She invited me to the studio, and yeah, we were there in the lab, cooking some nice things.”

Hopefully we’ll find out what they whipped up together soon — but you can probably expect more of those feel-good vibes. That’s Maluma’s wave for 2019, after all.

It’s Here! Jonas Brothers Return With A Zany New Video You’ll Be A ‘Sucker’ For

Jonas Brothers fans, go ahead and let out a big ol’ sigh of relief, because the group’s comeback single is officially worth all the hype. WHEW!

Everyone’s favorite trio of New Jersey bros — Nick, Joe, and Kevin — returned on Friday (March 1) with “Sucker,” their first new release in six years, and one hell of an earworm. Nick kicks it off with that immaculate falsetto, Joe adds some sleek harmonies, and Kev comes through with some groovy guitars and a whistling bridge. It’s great to hear them back together again, but — it must be said — they’re slightly upstaged in the accompanying video…

Yep, there are the guys’ leading ladies — Kevin’s wife Danielle Jonas, Nick’s wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Joe’s fiancée Sophie Turner — looking like extras from The Favourite as they romp around a lavish estate. Shot in the U.K. by director Anthony Mandler, the vid finds the three costumed couples (and their packs of corgis and bunnies) dancing, feasting, taking outdoor bubble baths, and sucking down lollipops.

One of the brothers even finds himself tied up at one point, but you’ll have to watch the vid to see that for yourself. Check it out below, and look out for the clip on MTV Live and mtvU!