I want to be loud and clear about this so that all of you know: I only care about Black women. And Black girls. Dassit. Black women deserve nothing but respect, love, support, and your money. Instead of supporting these trash anti-black, misogynoiristic businesses, I am here to give you a few alternatives that are morally and ethically way more superior. They're also more cost effective. If you don't wanna buy anything from at least one of these brands by the end of this post, it means you hate black women. Enjoy!
This lipstick company owned by Harvard Business School Graduates KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson was created specifically with Black women in mind. They wondered why it was so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick and to decided to grab the bull by the horns and create their own lipsticks. They've created a range of nude lipsticks for different skin tones, so there's something for all the brown girls.
So far I've only bought Mented #5 and Dark Night. I'm loving Mented #5 because it sort of gives me 90s lip, Aaliyah vibes, especially when paired with a really dark brown liner. It's a nude shade that leans on the taupier side, like a brown with a hint of grey and purple. It's an interesting color that I've grown to love, especially for when I'm going for a muted but slightly grungey look.
Dark Night is described as a dark chocolate shade and that's pretty much spot on. It's like I applied melted milk chocolate on my lips with a lip brush. I don't wear either of these unless I'm wearing fuller coverage makeup since these shades tend to accentuate the darkness around my mouth. And I rarely wear anything besides concealer under my eyes so I like to save these lipsticks for nights when I'm going somewhere fancy. I like to wear them with my good wig and my best kitten heels.
If you don't follow her on twitter already, then you need to get slapped several times. This bitch be reading me for filth with her accurate ass tweets and threads about all 12 zodiac signs. I'm literally wounded whenever she talks about Capricorns, girlie really sees through my soul. She's also part of the reason why I got into astrology and spirituality, so I was hype as fuck when she came out with her own subscription box service that comes with metaphysical tings like crystals, bath salts, incense, and sage to help maintain your energy and wellness each month, especially for each New Moon. I swear, on the days that I carry my crystals in my back pocket the days just go by smoother and I'm a lot less quick-tempered and more mellow. I work in customer service and I hate people, so obviously I be needing this shit to get me through the day.
She also has another monthly subscription service for $2.99 that's a weekly cleanse that takes effect each Sunday at 5pm to help clear your aura and maintain good and healthy energy within you. As soon as 5pm hits, she works her magical energy magic and wipes away all the iffy vibes and shitty things you've been feeling all week so you can start the next week with more positive and balanced energy. If you don't want the Mystic Box, $3 a month for regular aura cleanses can't hurt.
Among one of the many gems I've discovered on Instagram, this is one of the cutest brands I've ever seen. Made for us magical Black girls, they sell everything from clothes, to pillows, stationery, pins, patches, there's something for everyone. I recently received my Magical Black Girl Box, which is a monthly box for $25 that has a different theme each month and will contain mystery items, which you can read my small review of here. I plan on buying some pins and patches from them because I plan on building a big ass collection (because why not) and there's nothing cuter than a Black girl version of Sailor Moon. If you're a Black girl who likes anime, cutesy/girly clothing and accessories, then you should check this place out for sure.
This is one of those brands that I just want to buy literally everything from. When I was younger, for years I was very into nails and nail polish, I had a huge collection. I would paint my nails a different color literally like every 3 days and I would always make sure they were pretty and perfect. For a while I grew bored and disinterested with nails and nail art but now I'm back on my bullshit and it's one of my many current obsessions. OooPolish is a nail polish brand that was created by Black women for Black women. I can't tell you how relieved I am to see swatches of nail polish on dark skin because I've played myself many a time by not being able to see what a polish would look like on me before purchasing. Thankfully I don't need to worry about that with this brand though.
After hearing about them I bought a few nail polishes: Oranyan, Dia, I Am Beautiful, and Orunmila. Here I'm wearing Oranyan, which is my favorite from them so far. It's a pretty muted and neutral grey shade that makes me feel more put together than I ever actually am. Their polishes are vegan and handmade with over 65 different colors to choose from. Do something productive for once and check them out.
My latest and greatest obsession. A skincare company founded by model and ANTM contestant Tatiana Elizabeth Price with a focus on natural ingredients and a feminine, laid-back aesthetic is my one true love. I recently wrote a review of their products so you can read that instead of me having to repeat myself and continue to express my infatuation with this brand because it's quite nauseating how much I love it, to be honest.
I randomly discovered this brand on twitter after someone I follow RT'd the owner and I decided to check out the site and buy some things on a whim. With products like body butters, beard oils, and soaps using moisturizing and skin-nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, rose clay, and coconut oil, you literally can't go wrong. Unless you have like a really bad nut allergy, then stay your ass at home. I tend to stay away from lotions because 9.5/10 they're water-based, runny, and full of useless ingredients that don't tackle and take care of my dry skin so this is the only instance where I mainly prefer to use natural products because they always get the job done.
After browsing the site I semi-impulsively purchased their Chocolate Smoothie Butter, Mango Butter, and Be Happy Goat Milk Soap. Lately I've been using the Mango Butter as my go-to moisturizer since it's unscented and I tend to save my scented products for when I'm going out or when I'll be around people. Don't judge me. Anyway, the Mango Butter is a dream and has made it's way to my holy grail moisturizers for my body. After I use it my skin is noticeably softer and has a nice, healthy sheen to it that I looove because there's no better sight than glistening, dark brown skin. Nothing. The Chocolate Smoothie butter smells like very rich chocolate because it's what? Made from cocoa butter. I like to use this on my crusty heels before I go to bed at night so I can wake up with heels of silk. Achilles is shook.
Unfortunately the Goat Milk Soap doesn't feel that moisturizing for my skin but I'm not super bummed out or anything since it was only $3.50 and my money went where? To a Black woman. Personally, when it comes to buying things from Black women, I don't really ever hesitate that much, even when I think the price is cringeworthy since I am actually Mr. Krabs, lowkey. I would rather waste my money on products that I end up not liking or products that end up not working out for me and have the money go to a Black woman at the end of the day. If whatever I buy ends up being useless to me, I'll still be glad that my money went to a Black woman versus, well, literally anyone else. Because I hate everyone else. And they do not deserve my hard earned money.