Since the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protest/issue has really garnered traction, worldwide. It has made us all aware that it is not sufficient to just not be a racist but to be actively anti-racist. It is still a subject I am trying to educate myself on through books and documentaries/films, but I don't know if I will ever know enough, it will be a constant education. Sal from Ummbaby wrote a post about Black Owned Body-Care Products that she discovered on Black Pound Day, which is a day on which people are encouraged to spend their money only on black owned brands. I discovered some great products through her post, all of which I want to buy! Today, I want to share some of my favourite black owned brands that I love and use in the hope that you might find something that you might want to buy. I bought the majority myself, but two were sent to me without any obligation to post, but are marked with a * for transparency.
Pat McGrath: The Queen of makeup, as far as I am concerned. If I had to choose only one brand of makeup to wear for the rest of my life, it would be Pat's. I adore her foundation, concealer, eye liner, mascara, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip pencils and, of course, where the love affair began - her eyeshadows. She can do no wrong in my eyes. Yes, her products are expensive but you really do get what you pay for - absolute quality. I have reviews here (liner), here (concealer), here (single shadows), here and here (palettes), here (lipsticks, lip pencil, lip glosses) - I basically love everything! I have a giveaway of some of her products coming up next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Fenty Beauty: Rhianna took the beauty market by storm when she launched 2 years ago as her foundation shade range was vast, other brands have been playing catch up ever since! I will admit that I haven't tried loads from the brand, but the more I try, the more I love and given the quality of the products, the prices are reasonable. Reviews of her two foundations are here and here, her recent cheek products are reviewed here and her liquid liner is reviewed here. I also adore her gloss - non-sticky, high shine - my kind of gloss! Her skincare is launching soon, so I'm bound to pick something up!
Dizziak: I discovered this brand on Cult Beauty while I was browsing, trying to find products to tame my frizzy mane! With the right products, I can achieve sleek, frizzy-free hair but my natural hair is coarse, knotty and prone to frizz. This vegan brand caught my eye, not just for the trendy packaging, but also for the fact that it doesn't use sulphates or silicones. I wouldn't say that you have to have coarse hair to use these products as I think all hair types would benefit from them. The Hydration Wash shampoo leaves my hair so soft and silky, yet doesn't feel heavy, lathers really well but also rinses really well. It doesn't leave the hair feeling stripped - if anything, it feels so hydrated that those without frizzy hair could probably skip conditioner. Despite having fine hair, I have a lot of it so I could never skip conditioner. The Deep Conditioner is packed with ingredients that fight the frizz - amino acids (which strengthen the hair) and oils (to nourish the hair), yet it doesn't feel heavy. I tend to apply this and wrap my hair in a turban and leave it on for around half an hour, before rinsing thoroughly. It can be used as a regular conditioner rather than a mask too. My hair feels stronger and my tangle teezer glides through it without any tugging. I love the shine that it leaves on my hair, as well as leaving it smooth and sleek. I highly recommend trying this range!
Beauty Bakerie*: I've only tried lipsticks and a liquid liner from this brand but if, like me, you have watery eyes/oily lids, you need to try their Lollipop Liner* because it's budgeproof! I have reviewed it here. I really want to try some more products from this brand because I love what I've used so far (and I like the packaging!),
Shani Darden*: Shani is a facialist to some of the most beautiful faces we know - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, Emily Ratajkowski - need I go own? She has released a stream-lined range of products so that you can re-create her facial at home. So far, I have only tried Texture Reform, which I reviewed here. If you have any sort of texture on your skin (and let's face it, who doesn't?), then I highly, highly recommend buying this product. It is highly effective (containing lactic acid, niacinamide, coffee extract, aloe vera and retinyl palmitate (a mild form of retinol), yet it is also very gentle - doesn't cause peeling or tingling. It's ideal to use all over the face, to diminish the appearance of fine lines, refine pores and I find it especially brilliant for those annoying under the skin bumps. This is a brand that I will definitely be trying more from.
Briogeo: Again, a brand I haven't tried a lot from - just this Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave In Conditioner and I tried a sample of their hair mask. I always use a detangling spray or leave in conditioner on my hair before I brush it, when wet and especially if I am leaving it to air dry. This doesn't feel at all heavy in the hair, helps calm any frizz and protects against heat damage if using tools. I definitely want to try more from this brand!
Uoma Beauty: I really didn't know where to start with this brand because I basically wanted everything! I took inspiration from the beautiful Emma from Ol Green Eyes Emma, who recommended the Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer. There are 17 shades available (it is available in cool, neutral and warm undertones) and I must admit that I found it difficult to choose online and actually chose one that matches my skin tone so I can use it on my face, but for the under eye area, I need to put some Touche Eclat on top, to get the brightening effect I want. It offers full coverage, so those of you with dark circles will love this concealer, yet it feels lightweight. I like the satin finish that it gives and it blends seamlessly into the skin - I prefer to use my finger so that it really meshes with my skin. A little really does go a long way with this. If you're a fan of Tape Shape, you will love this! It certainly won't be the last product I try from this brand!
Have you tried any of these brands? What black owned brands do you recommend I try as I am keen to try more!
Thanks for reading!