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Beauty News: The Lip Bar x Slutty Vegan Nasty Girl Collection

The Lip Bar, a vegan beauty brand owned by Melissa Butler, known for its high quality yet affordable cosmetics has teamed up with another vegan brand taken its industry by storm. Slutty Vegan, owned by Aisha “Pinky” Cole, is a popular plant based restaurant in Atlanta, Ga. Both women are known for their bold lip colors so it seemed fitting that a collab would be in order. One of The Lip Bar’s most popular products is Bawse Lady, a blue based red liquid lipstick that is bomb and definitely #divachroniclesapproved. Melissa and Pinky teamed up to bring us the Nasty Girl Collection, a two piece pink and red liquid lipstick set.

Image Credit: The Lip Bar

The Nasty Girl collection features two liquid lipsticks, a red and a pink named Touch Me and Tease Me, respectively. The collection aims to redefine what it means to be a nasty girl by “owning your power and putting your needs first” (The Lip Bar).

The Nasty Girl collection will be available tomorrow, September 6, 2022, on TheLipBar.com and .shop at 11 am EST. Set your alarms.

Cover Image Credit: The Lip Bar

Beauty News: 711 Launches Coffee Scrub

Imagine running to the local 711 for a coffee…scrub. Yes, 711 claims their coffee is so good that they’ve packaged it up and are selling a scrub made from their house grounds for only $1. The exfoliant will be sold exclusively at Adore Beauty, an Australian based beauty conglomerate. What do you think? Willing to try a 711 coffee scrub?

Image Credit: Adore Beauty

Product Highlight: The Big Bad Palette by Megan Thee Stallion x Revlon

Last year, rapper Megan the Stallion announced her partnership with beauty giant Revlon and it seems things are moving full steam ahead. The latest product from the collab is the Big Bad palette, which is currently on sale at Ulta Beauty for $8.99. The ten-pan palette includes eye shadows hand-picked by Megan herself and features shade names such as Up In Flames, a black sparkly shade, Burning Up, a bright tangerine with subtle sparkle, and metallic cobalt appropriately named Cobalt (People). Users can enjoy a variety of finishes such as matte, metallic, and shimmer with chosen hues designed to fit a variety of complexions. The Big Bad palette has two prominent shades, Heat Wave and Bring the Heat that can serve double duty as both eyeshadow and highlighters.

Revlon x Megan Thee Stallion Big Bad Face & Eyeshadow Palette, 10 Blendable Shimmer, Matte, & Metallic Colors, 001, 0.37 oz
Image Credit: Walmart
Revlon x Megan Thee Stallion Big Bad Face & Eyeshadow Palette, 10 Blendable Shimmer, Matte, & Metallic Colors, 001, 0.37 oz
mage Credit: Walmart

Snag the Big Bad palette while it is on sale now at Ulta.com The normal retail price is $14.99.

Beauty News: M.A.C. to Partner with Whitney Houston’s Estate for Collection

M.A.C. Cosmetics reported to People Magazine that they have partnered with Whitney Houston’s estate for a “long-term, multi-faceted partnership ” (People). The collection will debut in 2022 to commemorate Whitney’s biopic, I Wanna Dance with Somebody scheduled to be released December 2022. M.A.C. will also serve as the official makeup brand for the film creating some of her most memorable makeup looks (Beauty Packaging).

Beauty News: Skin Proud Coming to Walmart

Skin Proud, a UK based skin care brand that targets Gen Z an millennials, is coming to Walmart stores and is already live on Walmart.com. The vegan brand is PETA approved and marketed as cruelty free. Product in the range are geared to offer an introduction to skincare for 18-25 year olds and add on to the skincare regimens of 25-35 year olds.

The collection included the following products:

  • Sorbet Skin: everyday jelly moisturizer
  • Bright Boost: 2% vitamin C serum
  • Smooth Talk: 2% hyaluronic acid gel serum
  • Refresher: hydrating pineapple mist
  • Velvet Cloud Cleanser: whipped mousse cleansing foam
  • Detox Tonic: daily exfoliating tonic
  • Bright Eye: pomegranate gel-cream
  • Frozen Over: gel-to-ice hydrator
  • Recharge Serum: overnight 0.5% retinol serum
  • Unplug: pore detox clay mask
  • Sleep Hero: overnight sleep mask

Based on the price range of the products on Walmart’s website, $10-$20, it appears to be in line with those who are just getting into skincare that may not have extra financial resources to spend a lot of money on skincare.

Article Credit: GCI Magazine

Beauty News: Shea Moisture Debuts Plant-Based Body Wash Collection at Target

Shea Moisture is joining in on the “clean” trend with a new plant-based line of cleansers for Target. The five sku Personal Wash collection “consists of five simple, seasonal body washes that are gentle on skin, hydrating and subtly fragrant.” (HAPPI).

The body wash collection includes the following:

  • Apricot & Honey: This naturally inspired formula, made with an 100% plant-based fragrance, and blended with Apricot, Honey and Fair Trade Shea Butter, helps to provide everyday nourishment for dry skin. 
  • Cocoa & Almond Butter: A soothing, gentle and deeply hydrating formula to replenish nourishment and cleanse the body with a naturally infused plant-based fragrance. 
  • Green Tea & Olive Oil: Clean and fresh with notes of sweet Honeysuckle and Green Tea, this formula helps gently cleanse without stripping skin of moisture. 
  • Meyer Lemon & Mint: This perfect wake-me-up formula is blended with Meyer Lemon, Mint and Fair Trade Shea Butter, coming together to create an invigorating, yet natural fragrance that awakens skin. 
  • Oatmeal & Vitamin E: This unscented collection offers deep nourishment and allows for gentle cleansing free from all fragrances and perfect for sensitive skin. 

They will retail for $7.99 and are now available at Target.

Article Credit: HAPPI

My Fragrance Wish List for Spring/Summer 2021

I recently celebrated a birthday and when asked what I wanted I quickly said a Sephora gift card as I wanted to start back wearing fragrances. I had been wearing body sprays, but wanted to look for a perfume (or a few) that would match my fragrance profile since it had evolved over the years. I got what I wished for and after I recuperated from celebrating another year around the sun, I headed to Sephora on a day I had no agenda because I knew I would be there for a while.

My desired scent is sweet, but not candy, youthful sweet, but with a touch of a masculine aroma; fragrance with an overall “heaviness” to it. I soon discovered I gravitate towards “warm florals” and ” warm and sweet gourmands” according to the descriptions of the fragrances I chose. Warm spices came a close second. So equipped with a pen and patience, I literally started from one end of the fragrance wall and worked my way down. I did ask for suggestions on social media and made a note to sniff those. I soon learned, I do not like Chanel anything (at least what was in the store). It just did not work out for me.

I started at Nest and fell in love. I got three travel sizes (Sunkissed Hibiscus, Indigo, and Black Tulip). I have been wearing Sunkissed Hibiscus everyday since I purchased it and will likely get the full size. Perfect for summer.

NEST New York - Sunkissed Hibiscus Eau de Parfum
Nest Sunkissed Hibiscus

I made my way to Dior, and while I did not get any travel sizes of the scents I fell in love with (they didn’t seem available), I loved the Poison line. If the travel sizes were available, I would have picked up Hypnotic Poison as well. I plan to buy it in the future. It smells so sexy.

Dior Hypnotic Poison

I did grab a travel size of YSL’s Black Opium and wanted Libre Intense, but the store associate said they do not offer it yet in Sephora. I loved, loved, loved Libre Intense. I mentioned it a friend who has a full sized bottle of the Libre original (a popular social media suggestion) and she said she would gift it to me! How sweet! Thanks, friend!

YSL Libre Intense

Another social media suggested fragrance was Gucci’s Guilty. I agree, she smells yummy, expensive, and sophisticated. She is on the list to get a full bottle.

Gucci Guilty

Finally, two fragrances that I see keep getting rave reviews on social media are but the same fragrance house. They are Mason Francis Kurkdijan Paris Baccarat Rouge 54 and Oud Satin Mood. Both bottles cost a pretty penny, so I definitely plan to test them out in store.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2.4 oz. Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum - Mother's Day 2021 Gifts, Presents & Ideas
Mason Fancis Kurkdijan Paris Baccarat Rouge 54
Mason Fancis Kurkdijan Paris Baccarat Rouge 54

That is it (for now). What are your current favorite fragrances? Let me know in the comments!

Beauty News: Jada Pinkett-Smith Launches Eco and Economic Friedly Product Line, Hey, Humans

Jada Pinkett-Smith, host of Red Table Talk, and queen of glowing skin announce her latest venture, Hey, Humans, a line of skin care. Hey, Humans is not to be confused with Human Race, Pharrell’s line of skincare products.

About the Brand

We create clean, safe, performance-driven, naturally derived formulas in sustainable packaging to help reduce plastic on our planet. We’re 99% plastic free*, cruelty free, and free from parabens, phthalates and silicones. Consciously designed personal care for a more sustainable future (Hey, Humans) .

Product packaging consists of recyclable aluminum or paper, are vegan and cruelty free, and the best part is that all products are $6 and under! The collection included a body wash, body lotion, deodorant, and fluoride and fluoride-free toothpastes.

Hey, Humans products are available to shop at Target. Please check with your local store for availability.

Image Credit: Hey, Humans

The Lack of Diversity in Stock Photos and How Brands Like “Brown Girl Hands” Are Pushing Back

As someone who runs a platform amplifying the experiences and interests of a diverse demographic and uses images  to help tell stories, it wasn’t long before I ran into a problem. Stock photos aren’t diverse. I resorted to using similar images or getting creative and using inanimate objects. You see when people of color say that white skin has been deemed the standard of beauty, that messaging is everywhere. Even down to a simple photo that only depicts hands rubbing in a cream. Those hands are almost always white.

Why is this an issue? There is is inaccurate narrative among adertisements that white is for all but if those ads center someone who is black, for example, there is this thought that this products is only for black people or the conversion rate will not be high. That trickles into images on websites and platforms. A simple Google search of “stock photos of hands and cream” yeilds these results:

Stock Photo Website 1

Stock Photo Website 2

If I expanded to show all of the images from various websites, I see this:

Notice how I did not Google “stock photos of white hands and cream”. I just Google searched hands and cream and this is what populated because Eurocentric standards of beauty are still seen as the default. I would have to be specific if I want more diverse photos by using phrases such as “stock photos of black people and hand cream.” I have to write “people” in this case because if I simply added black, very few people would populate. I do not have to add such phrasing when I want to showcase white hands using a lotion. The results are below.

Website 1

The same top stock photo site from above yeided these results. Where is the hand cream?

When I expand to all images, this is what I get:

Then I stumbled upon Instagram accounts such as Brown Girl Hands, who also combatting the lack of hands in beauty shots.  I know I am not alone in my assessment. Hannah, its owner, stated on the brand’s Heritage page, “

Beyond the features and clients, Brown Girl Hands invites the viewer to reflect on and embrace diversity and inclusion. A social media editor once said she didn’t post Black hands because they didn’t get enough engagement or for some they weren’t ‘aesthetic’ enough. Simply put, Brown Girl Hands proves that brown hands can be beautiful and that people want to see them represented.

Our mission is to diversify the beauty industry through the niche sector of product photography.”

It all seems so simple and surface level, but imagining is important even if the entire body isn’t shown. I thank people like Hannah and her brand Brown Girl Hands for helping keep this converstaion going and bringing awareness that black people and their hands, feet, and legs can also be photographed beautifully and sell product.

Image Credit: Brown Girl Hands