Natural Beauty Brand Spotlight: Cocokind

I was browsing the second floor of Saks and stumbled upon an all-natural, organic skin care brand called Cocokind. Founded by Priscilla Tsai, the products in the line are based around virgin coconut oil and plant-based superfoods, and are completely free of chemicals and preservatives. Uniquely, the offerings, which range from face powders to spot…

NYC Event Spotlights Beauty Brands for Black Women

On Sunday, August 13th, I attended Project Beauty Expo, a small trade show that is dedicated to spotlighting up-and-coming indie brands that cater to black women. Instead of writing a long blog post of the cool brands that were on display, I created a video with highlights of the show. Check it out on my…

NYC Hot Spot: Grace Street Cafe

If you’re the type of person who likes to Instagram everything you eat and drink, then add Grace Street Café in NYC’s Koreatown to the top of your list. The café serves Asian deserts, such as donuts and snow ice, alongside a curated selection of premium teas and specialty coffee. I recently visited the café…

Natural Beauty Brand Review: Pucker Paste Lip Balm

So, I’ll admit to being a beauty product hoarder, and the main product I hoard is lip balm. But, it’s not because I am an addict; it’s because I’m on a quest to find “the one.” Every time the latest lip balm comes out, I grab it, try it, and if it doesn’t make the…

Natural Beauty Brand Product Review: Earth tu Face

At a beauty tradeshow, I had the opportunity to learn about an interesting brand called Earth tu Face, a plant-based, organic, 100% natural skin care line, which is free of toxins and synthetic compounds. The brand was founded by two herbalists in 2010 and every ingredient included within the products has been chosen for a…

Natural Beauty Brand Product Review: Suntegrity

Believe it or not, but many sunscreen products on the market actually contain toxic ingredients and chemical UV blockers, which is ironic because the reason you want to wear sunscreen is to protect your skin, not open yourself up to the possibility of harmful ingredients being absorbed by your body. Thankfully, a holistic, mineral sun…

Natural Beauty Brand Product Review: Stewart & Claire

I love to discover new brands, especially those that are natural and have an amazing brand story. About a year ago, I attended a beauty tradeshow where I received a ton of products and forgot about them all. I recently found the bag of products while cleaning, and Stewart & Claire lip balms were the…

Natural Beauty Brand Product Review: EOS Crystal Lip Balm

At a press event, I received what I think is one of the most innovative natural beauty products launches of the year – the EOS crystal by Evolution Of Smooth. The super cute, pyramid-shaped, see-through lip balm is said to be the world’s first wax-free lip balm. It also contains a blend of natural oils…

NYC: Visit the St. Ives Mixing Bar

Last week, I went apricot picking. OK, the apricots weren’t real, and I didn’t actually get to pick the apricots off, but it was still a lot of fun. I had this experience within the mirrored infinity room full of small and life-sized apricots in the St. Ives Mixing Bar, a temporary store in SoHo…

New Lipstick Line Launches with Allergies In Mind

On June 29th, a new color cosmetics brand, Impromptu, will be launching its lipstick line, The Lola Collection. The line was created by business-savvy Latina Leyna Topete whose mother, Lola, developed an allergic reaction to lipstick. Dedicated to finding an option that her mother could wear, she created a brand with a thoughtful list of…

How Bold Are Your Lips?

This Saturday, June 29th, is National Lipstick Day, and L’Oréal Paris is inviting everyone to post photos or videos of themselves wearing their favorite bold lip color and sharing bold words – whether it’s helping to bring light to an important message or cause or an inspirational quote. To participate, posts should tag @lorealmakeup using…