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Best BSS Finds

Endless rows of bundles. Coily hair products galore. Bamboo earrings and fake diamond studs. You know I'm talking about the beauty supply store!

For many of us, our first introduction into beauty world occurred at our local beauty supply store. I have early memories of going to the beauty supply store to stock up on braiding hair, scalp treatments, earrings, and anything else I could convince my mom to buy me. 😂😂

Best BSS Finds

4 Lip Shades Every Beauty Lover Needs

You might have noticed by now that we separate our lip swatches into 4 categories - the 4 lip shades that are FUNDAMENTAL to any beauty lover's makeup kit. As long as you have at least one lippie in each of these color categories, you will be ready for any occasion! Let's get into some faves, shall we?

4 Lip Shades Every Beauty Lover Needs

8 Things You GOTTA Get During Sephora's Annual Sale: Editor's Picks

Everyone knows that when Sephora's Annual Beauty Insider Event comes around, it's time to splurge. It is one of the very few times during the year that makeup actually goes on sale. 🙌🏿🙌🏽🙌🏾

If you spent most of the year swiping your credit card, Sephora will reward you handsomely with first access to the sale. Starting TODAY, 11/3, Rouge members will get 20% off of their purchase until Nov 6th. Rouge members, VIBs and Beauty Insiders will get access to the sale on the weekend of Nov 10th to the 15th with Rouge and VIB members receiving 20% and Beauty Insider members receiving 15% off their purchase.

I picked out 8 products that you definitely need to take a look at and *add to cart* during this sale. Check em out below!

8 Things You GOTTA Get During Sephora's Annual Sale: Editor's Picks

The Best of the Best: Cocoa Collective Award Winners

A few months ago we asked you all, the Cocoa Collective, what some of your favorites were. We provided you with some of the most popular brands and products we've seen on social media and you let us know which ones you thought were the best of the best! Now it has been a few months, so we are sure some things have changed (like Fenty Beauty giving the entire beauty industry a run for their money and Morphe launching a sister palette to their infamous 35O,) BUT hopefully this helps you all try out some great products and great brands!

The Best of the Best: Cocoa Collective Award Winners

For Colored Girls Who've Found Makeup As a Creative Outlet - When Telling People To "Love Themselves" Isn't Enough

When I first became interested in makeup, I didn't see it as a way to alter my looks or hide my features, I saw it as a way to further express my creativity. Similar to my interests in fashion, dipping and dabbling in makeup just seemed like something I would really enjoy.

The satisfaction of finding the perfect red lip or the perfect bronzy eye shadow was analogous to finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans ---gratifying, rewarding, in other words, sweet.

For Colored Girls Who've Found Makeup As a Creative Outlet - When Telling People To "Love Themselves" Isn't Enough

My Summer Custom Makeup Palette

Every time a new eyeshadow palette or highlighter palette is announced, the Internet goes crazy, products sell out in seconds, and beauty junkies run wild. It's safe to say that most people love a good palette, but sometimes you just need the shades that are tried and true that you know will work for you, the shades you would throw in your bag if you had to travel someplace ASAP!

My Summer Custom Makeup Palette

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

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! 🤔

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

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

EXCLUSIVE: Cocoa Swatches + MAC Backstage at NYFW

Reggae music playing in the background. A number of makeup artists (dressed in all black BTW,) buzzing around a small room working to create "the look." Models running in and out, some half dressed, some that need a lip touch up here or a hair slicked back there. Chaos. A beautiful chaos. 

EXCLUSIVE: Cocoa Swatches + MAC Backstage at NYFW

New Hair, Who Dis?

Picture this: You walk out of the hair stylist's feeling bomb AF after getting your new 24" ombrè weave slayed. You go home and start putting on your makeup for a night out with the girls. You complete your look only to find that deep orchid colored liquid matte lippie doesn't quite pop as much as it did before. 

New Hair, Who Dis?