Can You Beat The Heat? Battle of the Warm Palettes

I don't know about you, but I can never get enough of a warm eye shadow palette. Matte oranges, metallic bronzes, and deep browns are right up my alley. The OG Morphe 35O palette (does anyone remember when they would sell out every week?) and Nubian Juvia's Place palettes have solidified themselves as go-tos for us warm toned lovers, but over the past month, they have run into some MAJOR competition. 

Can You Beat The Heat? Battle of the Warm Palettes

Introducing: Cocoa Color Stories

I've always been a visual learner. Whenever I see a makeup look show up on my Instagram feed or an outfit walk down the runway, I envision what products I could use to achieve the look or what color accessories pair well an aesthetic. That's why I've decided to introduce Cocoa Color Stories to SKINDEEP. 

Introducing: Cocoa Color Stories

Five Lippies You Need This Spring/Summer

Things are really startin' to heat up and it's time to break out the corals, the berries, and of course the nudes! (DUH!) Check out some of our top lipstick picks for spring and summer. You can find more swatches of these lippies in the Cocoa Swatches app!

Five Lippies You Need This Spring/Summer

Why I Must Eliminate the Phrase "WOC" From My Vocabulary

While the term "WOC" aka Women of Color is an easy way of referring to minority women across the United States, more often than not, it's used as a nice and tidy PC way of saying black women. Just take a look at these headlines. 

Why I Must Eliminate the Phrase "WOC" From My Vocabulary

Cocoa Swatches Doesn't Support Black Owned Beauty Brands?!🤔🤦🏾‍♀️

A few of you (on different platforms might I add), have called us out for not posting or supporting enough black owned beauty brands. At first listen, I found that accusation preposterous. We post and promote black owned brands ALL THE TIME! Often unsolicited, for free or at a discount.  

Cocoa Swatches Doesn't Support Black Owned Beauty Brands?!🤔🤦🏾‍♀️

Is Ulta Changing the Beauty Retailer Game? : 5 Brands You Can Buy Right Now!

In a previous survey, we asked you, the Cocoa Collective, which beauty retailer you preferred to shop at. The majority of you gave your vote to Sephora, however, in a personal study of the brand about a year ago, I explored the current climate of the beauty retailer industry and who is *actually* winning. Surprise Surprise. It is not Sephora. 

Is Ulta Changing the Beauty Retailer Game? : 5 Brands You Can Buy Right Now!

Are We Too Quick To CANCEL Makeup Brands?

Cult makeup brand, The Balm, just revealed face swatches of the latest addition to their product suite - a whip foundation. Known for their cute vintage packaging, clever shade names, and ode to the 50s and 60s, The Balm has gained a massive following with over 1 million devoted fans on Instagram, but this time did they take it too far?

Are We Too Quick To CANCEL Makeup Brands?

Wish Haul: 8 Beauty Products that Make Us Go Hmm! 🤔

So you've heard of drugstore hauls, PR Box hauls, Sephora hauls, anti-hauls...the list goes on and on, but is there such a thing as a "wish haul?" While not technically an actual haul, we wanted to put together a list of things we were *thinking* about hauling but weren't quite ready to pull the trigger on yet. Please please please let us know if you've tried any of these goodies!!

Wish Haul: 8 Beauty Products that Make Us Go Hmm! 🤔

COLOR CONSCIOUSLY

You get creative with it. You beat that face with it. You spend hours on it. Sometimes you wear it, other times you don’t. You spend hella money on it. You wear it how you want to.  You love it. It’s yours.

What is it?

COLOR CONSCIOUSLY

Bronzers for Darker Complexions

I use to believe people with darker skin couldn't "bronze" because I never saw products that could actually act the way I imagined a bronzer should. In reality, there just aren't that many products marketed as bronzers that actually function on darker complexions.

Bronzers for Darker Complexions

Three Tips for Buying Foundation Online

To be frank, buying foundation online can be a b*tch. It's especially frustrating when beauty retailers like Sephora and Ulta only carry the lighter shades of certain foundation formulas, leaving those of us with darker complexions to play the guessing game. Side effects of this phenomenon might include: 1. Wasted Time 2. Wasted $$ 3.Hella Frustration.

Three Tips for Buying Foundation Online

Cocoa Conversations: Cashmere Nicole

One of the largest conundrums of 2017 is that fact that black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America and yet they get the least amount of funding. According to a Fortune article, written just a few months ago in June of 2016, “The number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S.” However, this inspiring statistic for black women across the country is harshly juxtaposed against the cutthroat reality of the start-up world. As reported in TechCrunch, “In “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Founders Women,” a recent report by #ProjectDiane, you’ll come across several startling statistics, for example, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% (24 of 10,238 deals) went to went to black female founders.”

Cocoa Conversations: Cashmere Nicole

FSOB: Drugstore Highlighters (PT. 1)

Okay. Picture this. 

You are getting ready to go somewhere and proceed to beat. that. face. BUT, in the process something goes awry. 

You realize you are out of foundation. 

Your lipstick melted from the last time it was in your purse. 

You just dropped your favorite highlighter. 

AKA You have a BEAUTY EMERGENCY!

FSOB: Drugstore Highlighters (PT. 1)

5 MAC Products Every Brown Babe Needs In Their Makeup Stash

Senior MAC Artist, Ashley Rudder, knows all about crafting beautiful, unique makeup looks on a variety of complexions. She has traveled around the world with fellow artists, teaching and educating others on how to do the same. I had the privilege of seeing her create in person and got some tips and tricks about working with deeper complexions. Here are five MAC products she recommends for skin tones with a 'lil melanin. 

5 MAC Products Every Brown Babe Needs In Their Makeup Stash

Missed Out on the ABH Master Palette By Mario? We Got You!

Anastasia Beverly Hills' Master Palette by Mario is one of the brand's most successful to date. The limited edition palette flew off shelves and websites, leaving many feening for a chance to try out this collector's item. 

Missed Out on the ABH Master Palette By Mario? We Got You!

The New Nude

The word “nude” has been defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as : “having a color (as pale beige or tan) that matches the wearer's skin tones <nudepantyhose> <nude lipstick> (2) :  giving the appearance of nudity <a nude dress>”


Believe it or not this definition is a big step up from the previous definition that included “having the color of a white person’s skin,” ; abolished less than one year ago, only after DoSomething.org created a campaign calling Merriam Webster to action.

The New Nude