Lets’ face it, finding any good quality lipstick that perfectly compliments anyone’s skin tone is difficult. Now take that same amount of difficulty and multiply it by at least 30, then take that amount and times it by at least 100 and that’s how hard it is for women of color. And not even just African American women, I mean anyone with any form of pigment…And finding the right shade of nude? Forget it!
But that’s why I’m here. I recently purchased a shade of Mented Cosmetics lipstick (Mented #5), which claimed to be dedicated to the perfect nudes for all women of color – Brown, Black, or even Olive in complexion, and I have to say, this vegan based brand is simply the truth and very easy on the wallet ($16.50!)
Don’t believe me, just take a look at a recent edition of Vogue where they talk about the two Harvard grads (Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller) becoming the 15th and 16th African American women ever to raise to raise $1 million in venture capital in order to continue to grow their flourishing business. Gotta say, “I’m a believer” and when I hit the stage at this year’s Miss Black America 2018 Pageant I’ll be sure to be wearing their products!
The Culmination of so many cultures and skin tones under the brim of one single theme was absolutely impressive. Can’t say I was excited to attend the 2nd National Women’s March here in D.C. In fact, when my editor asked me to go out I thought “It’s Saturday, I finished a bottle of wine last night, I’m tired and I ain’t tryna go.” Coincidentally enough, it was actually a nice day, perfect for a march and as I squeezed myself into a favorite pair of jeans (bloated from the night before…or at least that’s what I tell myself), I considered dropping the whole idea, telling the editor I was sick and making a complete run for it.
However, now that I am safely back home, (and a few pounds a lighter I might add, due to all the walking–I can imagine if I want to) I can honestly say I’m glad I went. What a privilege to be in the midst of positive and courageous women, blending together by their need for justice. The theme for this year’s march, was Power to the Polls, and rightly so. Empowering women to vote and to run for office might just might spark a huge change in history come this next presidential election. I guess some people might not be OK with that idea, but the old adage holds true…if you can’t beat em, join em.
When I first heard that ESSENCE Magazine was back to be being Black owned, I was thrilled! As a little girl I could remember tearing open monthly subscriptions of a product for Black people, by Black people, while reading and re-reading old copies I would randomly find lying around the bedroom I shared with my older sister, who would purchase them. I dreamt of one day writing for ESSENCE..working as a time big editor who helped write stories for her colleagues and would often times find myself sneaking new editions behind the counter of the Rite Aid registers I use to work at while attending college. Needless to say, when ESSENCE, the very vain of my Black female existence was purchased by Time Warner, I was crushed. In some weird way, I kind of saw them as my Black Wonder Woman. But no worries, now we’re back, thanks to Richelieu Dennis, founder of Sundial Brands (which owns the beauty company Shea Moisture!) And better than ever I might add. Oh, and how fitting is it that Oprah is on one of the very first new editions? #MeToo #GoldenGlobes2018 and now this?…It must be a sign from the heavens, because as soon as I submit this story, I’m going right down the street to the nearest Rite Aid and purchase myself a copy of ESSENCE…right before scowling the internet for any open positions. Life is good, but when other people notice, that makes it even better. Congrats ESSENCE!