The Importance of Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

A couple of weeks ago I read an article on Yahoo Beauty called, “Woman’s horrific skin infection is motivation to keep makeup brushes clean.” The article tells the story of Katie Wright, of Austin, Tex., who discovered a pimple above her eyebrow and popped it, not knowing it was actually cellulitis, a serious staph infection…

New Song Aims to Redefine Black “Selfie” Esteem

During an age where social media has created an environment where appearance and ego take center stage, singer Tarica June is aiming to encourage black females to embrace their natural beauty with her new song, “SELFIE.” The music video for the catchy tune features young girls taking selfies, free of makeup and wearing their natural…

How Black Military Servicewomen are Embracing the Natural Hair Movement

When the United States Army revised its grooming and appearance regulations at the beginning of the year, it lifted its ban on dreadlocks, allowing female soldiers the ability to wear their natural hair. This was a major milestone for black women servicing our country, who may have had to take on costly and sometimes damaging…

Get Notified When Your Favorite Beauty Product Goes On Sale

I was scrolling through Instagram and saw the funniest quote, “I Could Stop Buying Makeup but I’m Not A Quitter.” I felt as if it were talking directly to me. Well, me and the millions of other women (and some men) who can’t walk past a cosmetics aisle before browsing, and eventually purchasing beauty products…

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…

Pat McGrath Labs Launches Permanent Collection + Swatches from the Line

Perhaps no makeup launch is as highly anticipated than that of Pat McGrath Labs. On Tuesday night, the internationally renowned makeup artist invited a group of beauty editors and makeup artists to The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City to reveal what she says, “will change everything for the brand.” As I walked into…

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…