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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: most talked about high end foundation brands for brown complexions

Last year, Rihanna's beauty brand, Fenty Beauty, accomplished something amazing. Reminiscent of MAC's brand launch in the 80s, Fenty came through for US with an impactful beauty campaign that not only made many feel included but also celebrated our differences.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: most talked about high end foundation brands for brown complexions

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. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

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

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

Cocoa Swatches Doesn't Support Black Owned Beauty Brands?!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

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?!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

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

FSOB: Drugstore Highlighters

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

B.O.M.B. - IMAN

When the CS team first heard that Alyssa Forever and Alissa Ashley started the BOMB challenge, we were ecstatic. FINALLY, a way for us, as black beauty creators, to support one another. Our beloved muva, Jackie Aina, took things one step further, and used her large platform (over 800,000 subscribers to be exact) to call beauty gurus of ALL ethnicities to take part in this challenge. 

B.O.M.B. - IMAN