THE TROPICAL TUCUMA EXTRACT: A POTENT BRIGHTENER FOR SKIN OF COLOR

Tucumã extract is a botanical ingredient from South America that’s taken off in the hair-care world for its softening and smoothing properties—though it offers plenty of benefits for skin, as well. Read more about why it’s such a popular ingredient, below, and how it works for skin of color in particular.   First up, what is…

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BLACK SEED OIL: A PERFECTLY OVERACHIEVING MOISTURIZER FOR SKIN OF COLOR

Black seed oil may not be a mainstay in your medicine cabinet already, but the herbal ingredient has a rich history in traditional food and medicine spanning multiple continents and centuries, (with plenty of helpful advantages for skin, too). Read up on the botanical ingredient and its benefits for skin of color, below.  First up,…

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What I Want the Beauty Community to Know Right Now

Last week, I was asked to provide a quote for an article for Fashionista.com — with the aim to speak to the beauty industry/community as a whole and share my thoughts, feelings, frustrations, or reflections. Below is my reflection and response. — Alice Where do I begin? There are so many things that I want…

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Dreaming in Gujarati
Heritage, Women

By Shailja Patel The children in my dreamsspeak in Gujaratiturn their trusting faces to the sunsay to mecare for us nurture usin my dreams I shudder and I run. I am sixin a playground of white childrenDarkie, sing us an Indian song!Eightin a roomful of eldersall mock my broken GujaratiEnglish girl! Twelve, I tunnel into…

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