Women of Color Makeup Ideas & a List of Black Owned Makeup Companies!

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Hi everybody…

This past week has been sooooooo stressful; I took a job that I knew I had no business taking. On the job posting it had a nice pay rate, but when I got hired the pay rate decreased immensely. What makes matters worse was the job was not going to pay us until the end of November, so I literally packed my snacks and notebook up and left.

On top of the work situation, I’ve been stressing about moving out my parents’ house… I’m 22 and ready for the world; and they think I should stay at home for like 37 more years, so yeah… life has been extremely unlit.

But hey, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes… and I refuse to be in my feelings today; so let’s touch on a lighter topic… Makeup! My best friend Crystal helped me orchestrate this post, so shout out to her. (Her Instagram is noted at the bottom)

Everyone wants a beat face nowadays, unless you are Alicia Keys and want to let everyone you don’t wear makeup every chance you get, so I decided to do a piece to highlight some amazing YouTube Makeup Gurus that everyone should check out.

&& To my male readers, don’t fret… This article is for you too, because if you know of anybody who is having some issues with makeup; this is an amazing passive aggressive way to address it 🙂

This could come off as problematic, but I decided to organize my videos by skin tones so it’ll be easier to figure which YouTube series works for you the most.

(So to my fake deep followers, no I’m not trying to create more of a divide in the Black community, I’m just trying to help everyone find a makeup artist who’s skin matches with them. It helps me out because, I’m able to see what colors work on women like me…)

*Youtubers are not put in any particular order*

For My Red and Yellow Bone girls:

  • MsPreciousMarie
  • Teaira Walker
  • Raven Elyse
  • Viva_Glam_Kay
  • Simply Shanalee
  • ItsmyRayeRaye
  • Alyssa Forever
  • Nitraa B
  • Alissa Ashley
  • The Real Kim J
  • TymetheInfamous
  • SonjdraDeluxe

For My Brown skin and Mocha ladies:

  • Kathryn Bedell
  • ElleForLexxi
  • Toni Olayoe
  • LizLizLive
  • BeautyByJJ
  • Queenii Rozenblad
  • J Renna
  • Jackie Aina
  • She’kia Renea
  • Shahd Batal

For My Chocolate Divas:

  • MelaninRich
  • KayBeautyBrown
  • Avielle Amor
  • UloveMegz
  • Rose Kimberly
  • KokaButa
  • DestinyLashaeMakeup
  • JustBrittanyH
  • Keisha Klicks
  • Wilonda Previlon

For My Olive Toned Ladies:

  • Carli Bybel
  • Bella Fiori
  • Irania Riviera
  • Jasmine Hand
  • Teni Panosian
  • Marianna Hewitt
  • Melly Sanchez
  • Sona Gasparian
  • Abnbby
  • Nicole Guerriero
  • Desi Perkins
  • WickedBeautification
  • Suchila Oil

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Also I’ve taken the liberty to highlight some amazing Black owned makeup companies you all should check out… (NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER)

  1. Fashion Fair
  2. Black Opal
  3. Ka’Oir Cosmetics
  4. Iman Cosmetics
  5. Black Up Cosmetics
  6. Black Radiance Cosmetics
  7. Magnolia Makeup
  8. Coloured Raine
  9. Gold Label Cosmetics
  10. The Miracle Lash

I’ve tried all ten of these products, and can personally vouch for them. Leave some more brands that you enjoy in the comments. Also leave some more youtubers that you watch!!!!
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Love,

Faith ❤

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twitter: thesunsetnoir

Crystal’s Instagram: @crystalnicole94

Dream or Die Volume 1

Happy Sunday Saints and Aints… Today I’m going to be as non-draining as possible and bring some positivity into the world… I took like 6 philosophy classes in college, so that pretty much gives me the okay to give out professional advice and etc…

If you know anything about me, you know that I hate corny/ cliché shit. I get tired of asking folks for advice, and their only response to me is to follow my dreams and never give up. Now granted… those are two important things that I should do, but it gets so old when people give you the most basic quotes to live by.

Growing up I was told that I was going to either be a doctor or lawyer. The thing is, biology was never my ministry, so the medical dream was canceled. And political science is dope, but I don’t know if I have the patience to do it forever. When I tell others my personal dreams, they literally laugh at me. “Faith you can’t survive off of blogging. You have to go get a real job” and don’t get me wrong.. I understand that money doesn’t grow on trees and success doesn’t happen over night, but damn don’t shoot my dream down.

Since I can remember, I’ve always been about a dollar. At the age of 7, my neighbor and I would go find rocks, paint them, and then go sit on corner and sell them. (Don’t judge us). Or when my rock money was low, I would go pick leaves off trees and poke holes in them and sell, Spy Leaves, to my neighbors as a way to catch their cheating spouses in the act. (OBVIOUSLY I’VE NEVER HAD A CHILL!)

The reason I’m sharing my past entrepreneurial experiences is to stress how important it is to stay true to your selves. I expressed to my parents that I did not want to work for anybody, they told me to go make a business plan. Now my business ventures may not have been the most viable plans, but I was passionate about them. I literally was eating, breathing, and living through my rock and leaf designs; and that’s why my businesses were so “successful”.

I personally believe that in order to be successful in your dream career is to CUT OUT the comparisons. At this point, nobody matters but you. Be selfish!!! Stop looking at what the next girl or guy is doing, because those 45 minutes you spent snooping on her Instagram could’ve been 45 minutes of personal work.

Also, STOP TELLING EVERYBODY YOUR DAMN BUSINESS. Unless you are talking to best friends or family, limit the amount of people you tell your dreams too. Believe it or not, people ain’t shit and they will go out their way to mess your dreams up, just for the shits and giggles. Until you have a concrete plan, stay quiet. Like the great Weezy F Baby says, “Real G’s Move in Silence Like Lasagna”…. So until you have a product to push, keep it cute & on MUTE.

 

Faith ❤

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twitter: thesunsetnoir

 

The Racial Climate is Extremely Uncomfortable: So let’s change it.

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**To my subscribers, you are all probably confused as to why I deleted my other post… and I decided I want to publish it closer to the election… My fault.**

Now I told my Grandma I was not going to cuss on my blogs anymore.. However, this is way different.

I want to first and foremost say I am a firm believer in speaking and living in your truth. However make sure that when you are living in your truth, it does not negatively affect those around you.

Racism, sexism, and homophobia have been around since the beginning of time, and I know that there is nothing I can do to stop it. Hate is a thing that is taught and practiced from generation to generation. It isn’t something that just happens over night. So with that being said, in order to combat hate, we will have to teach love and acceptance.

First off, let’s accept the fact that our country has made some extremely messed up decisions when it comes to certain groups of people. You can look at the murder and displacement of Native Americans as an example. Hell you can even look at how hard women had to fight in order to get a chance to vote. And if you really want to see pettiness, look at how people were kidnapped from Africa and brought to this country to become slaves. Or no let’s look at how our country views and treats immigrants, or we could just settle with the way the LGBT community has been treated over the years.

I’m tired of people making excuses for the heinous shit that goes on daily when it comes to discrimination. I personally believe the election has caused a lot of people to be bold, and to live in their hate publicly. Before social media was in existence, nobody had proof of how much hate has been spewed throughout the world. Hell, I’ll even be the first to admit that before social media, I did not know how bad racism had gotten.

Growing up in the South, I experienced my own racism; but I was so conditioned to being the token Black girl that I learned to label it as something else. I was so conditioned to racism, that instead of approaching it head on, I simply ignored it in order to keep from looking like an angry Black woman in the making.

But to be honest, I’m tired of it…

I’m sick of people not wanting to accept the fact that hate still exist in this world today. I’ve had so many friends to blame certain racially motivated situations as an innocent, isolated incident. I’m tired of it.

I’m tired of walking into certain stores and being followed because I look like I may be stealing. I’m tired of servers not giving me grade A service due to the fact they assume all Black people do not tip. I’m tired of people asking me for permission to say “nigga”. I’m tired of everybody assuming that because I went to college, it had to be a HBCU. I’m tired of people saying that HBCU colleges were made to leave out White people (yes people say this). I’m tired of holding my breath whenever I get pulled over my a cop. I’m tired of having to worry about my daddy and guy friends every time they decide to hop behind the wheels of their cars and travel. I’m tired of people asking me to touch my hair. I’m tired!

I want to close this blog off with a quick story about what happened to me a few weeks ago… I was driving through my neighborhood at 10 o clock at night trying to get home so that I would not miss my Monday night tv schedule. I noticed a car was following me slowly, however I kept it moving because I did not know if they lived near me. It got to the point where the car was literally tailgating me, and I got scared. After a few feet the car stopped, and I sped to my house. Once I approached my house, I hopped out the car and started jetting to the front door when I realized blue lights were on. Those long 5 minutes I was getting followed, it was actually by an unmarked cop car. The cop parked his car into my driveway and asked me if I lived at my house. I explained to him this is my house, and asked him why he was following me. He simply responded by saying  I did not look like I belonged in my neighborhood, so he decided to take the liberty to follow me and see where I was going. He said there were plenty of break ins recently and I looked like I matched the profile of someone who would commit that crime.

I literally stood there in disbelief, this random cop was parked on MY property, and was telling me I did not look like I belonged in my neighborhood on 9 years. It hurt, and when I addressed him on his bias, he started walking towards me…He kept trying to reassure me that he was not a racist, and understood how sketchy it was for him to follow me, but he felt he had to make sure I was not a troublemaker. That incident really changed my perspective on the world we live in, and it taught me that prejudice and hate are entities that are conditioned to people, and sometimes they do not even know when they are acting on it.

All I want is to live in a world, where everybody accepts and loves their neighbors. I want to live in a world where women should not have to think twice about whether their husband or son may make it back home. I want to live in a world where people are not discriminated against because of who they decide to date or marry. I want to live in a world where all religions and spiritual sects are welcomed and celebrated….

Love,

Faith

P.S: I added a picture of this Jesus statue I took while I was at a United Methodist Church In Dallas… 🙂 I thought it was kinda cute.

What It Really Feels Like to Sit at the Table: An Ode to Solange Piaget Knowles

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What’s up with those Knowles girls? Like, seriously…. WHY ARE THEY THE WAY THEY ARE? How can you flawlessly integrate social activism in a song, while at the same time giving listeners the chance to still twerk to their music in the club……..?

I’m trying to not stan as I type this, but seriously HOWWWWWW? Do you not understand how crazy it had to be to make an album solely about the beauty and struggles of the Black community in an industry led by White people?

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably read a million blogs or posts about certain songs on the album, and I actually do not want to focus all my energies on that. I want to focus on how important it is to stand in your truth while no matter where you are. Because when it comes to being Black in the South, you’re going to always have to be on your p’s and q’s, and not back down when someone tries your Blackness.

But back to this flawlessly written album..

How dope and bad ass is it to release this pro black and pro woman ass album in a world full of racism and misogyny. Solange and Beyonce knew there would be a chance that they could possibly lose money or fans; but they did not care. They stood in their Blackness and Womanhood… and we could learn a lot from that. Granted these girls are rich as hell, and pretty much work for themselves… That’s not the point though… The point is we should celebrate ourselves every day and enjoy our heritage..

I’ve had a lot of people to ask what exactly is the table…? And I personally believe the table is an objective view of Black Womanhood. For years and years, Blacks have had to conform to the post-colonial society and fake it until we make it. We’ve had to hide our Blackness in order to feel somewhat included, get hired for a job, and be viewed as attractive. We’ve literally had to shit on our own culture in order to continue to get discriminated against in the world… and the shit is crazy to me.

So when you ask me what it means to sit at the table, I think of the table as a safe haven for those who are tired of conforming to societal norms, and just want to surround themselves with people who are ready to stop dimming their lights in order to make certain groups comfortable.

I would not be me if I weren’t going to share a short story about my life as a way to end this post… When I first listened to “Don’t Touch My Hair”, I almost fell off my couch laughing. Do ya’ll know how irritating it is for us girls of color to work meticulously to get these twist outs perfected, to get these bantu knots tightened, to sit through the burning of the creamy crack on our scalps, to get hit in the head with the brush by our mothers for moving too much while getting our braids done all for random ass people to tug on our hair to see how it feels? 

Black folks have been discriminated against so much because of their hair that now we’ve become sensitive of it. So the fact that she was able to make a song and help people understand that when they take it upon themselves to touch our hair without our permission, it’s sort of like fucking our feelings up…. And it’s a problem!

I’ve literally dated guys who told me up front that my afro made me look basic, or that they preferred me with my bundles of hair. Do you know how it feels to spend hours applying coconut oil and water to your hair just to realize that the guy you are digging thinks you look basic? It’s not the best feeling. Or when you are in class with your box braids and your professor takes it upon him/her self to tug on your grab your braids act like they are whipping you with it… It’s not a good feeling, and Solange was able to address it in her music in the sweetest and softest way..

So Solange, girl if you are reading this… (Which I doubt you are)… Thank you. Merci Beaucoup. Gracias…. What you did was shine a light on the issues, joys, insecurities, thoughts, and more of the Black community…

You used your platform as a way to speak for those who don’t have the opportunity to, and I’ll forever love you for that sis!!!!

Love ya’ll,

Faith ❤

 

 

Black People and Mental Illness: Let’s Discuss It…(Thanks Kid Cudi)

***(Not gonna lie, this is weird as hell to talk about, but if this is going to inspire someone to seek help or whatever then I’ll just step outside my comfort zone.)***

 

Well I want to start this blog off with a huge thank you to everybody who has been supportive of my crazy dreams. This has been a long time coming, and I’m so excited to finally use the world wide web as a way to shine my light…

Ya’ll probably have been trying to figure out where the hell I’ve been, and I’m going to be honest… I’ve been hiding out.. I recently made a big girl decision and parted ways with a good paying job, that was affecting me mentally, physically, and emotionally.. So now I’m back at square one….

But let’s speak on a more serious note.. If you haven’t heard already, Kid Cudi wrote an open letter pretty much letting fans know he is checking himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. Now if you are a die hard Cudi fan, then you probably already knew this was coming, so you’re probably feeling some relief. While on the other hand, a lot of people were actually caught off guard by his honesty.

Let’s just keep it real, in the Black community .. MENTAL ILLNESS IS A NO NO!!! We all have that guy in our neighborhood who talks to himself that our mama told us to stay away from… or we have that cousin who lost a loved one and turned to drugs and alcohol.. or hell I know we all have a friend that does not want to accept the fact that they are Black or whatever… We all are surrounded by mental illness, but we shy away from addressing it , because it’s not cool or polite.

We as Black people were conditioned to shy away from not being happy or normal.. even when our circumstances were fucked up. And let’s not even get started on the mental health of the Black community when it came down to getting kidnapped from Africa and brought to an unfamiliar country to be a slave. Or let me not bring up the fact that we were …. or I Mean we still are being raped, lynched, beat, and killed simply because the color of our skin. So mental health in the Black community is beyond real. However it seems like, instead of dealing with it in a correct way… we would rather turn to self help with addictions.

 

Just because you suffer from depression, or bipolar disorder, or any other mental illness; does not mean you should be ashamed. Our culture would rather hide our own individual battles, and ostracize those who are openly dealing theres… And that’s a problem… What Cudi did was by far the realist and trillest thing anybody could ever do… He accepted the fact he was not happy, and now he is working to get to a better place.

Y’all… I cannot stress this enough… Men: admitting to needing help does not make you weak or lame.. It does not take away from your masculinity or manhood… but instead it shows us you are actually stronger than what we thought. Ladies: admitting that you need help does not make you thirsty for attention or whack, but instead it shows us that you truly love yourself.

I’ve never been the type to tell my business, but I would be a hypocrite to tell yall to take mental breaks and etc when I’m not doing the same. I graduated from one of the best colleges in the nation with an amazing degree in Government, and I’m unemployed. I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and to be honest I’m stressed. I would be dead wrong to act like I’m happy as hell right now, because I’m not.. Everybody keeps telling me that I’m young and have time to figure things out, but quite frankly that doesn’t really help my anxiety. Hence that’s why I started this blog… I wanted to use my talents in a productive way…Now do not get me wrong, my parents and friends have helped me deal with the anxiety.. Beyonce and trap music has helped me deal with the insecure feelings.. and the blood of Jesus has kept me from popping off on people because of my short fuse…

But what really helped me cope with the anxiety and depression was waking up and realizing I was not happy.. So thank you Kid Cudi for having the guts to admit that life is hard as hell to deal with, and that it’s okay to go seek help. I’m so happy his revelation was able to open up a dialogue for people to address the taboo of mental illness in our community. Hell his revelation even caused me to tell yawl all my business.. LMFAO .

But for real though, if you know anybody who is going through some shit or hell if you are that person going through something. Just understand it will get better, and if you can’t find anybody you can trust to talk to.. I’m opening my DM’s and email to those who are feeling like life is overwhelming and etc.

 

PEACE AND CORNBREAD,

FAITH ❤

–> Stay tuned for my Beyonce Concert and New Orleans recap….