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11 Black Owned Beauty Brands To Keep You Glowing This Holiday Season

These will make great gifts for the beauty lover in your life—especially if that person is you.

This is our second gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

Some of the most useful, stimulating and loving gifts you can get for your boo, loved one (or yourself) during the holidays are beauty and body products. Nothing says "I appreciate you" better than giving a gift that one can actually use, and that makes them feel more luxurious and beautiful - especially during the cold, skin-cracking months ahead.


But if you really want to spread joy this holiday season, you can kill two birds with one stone by buying from a black owned business. We rounded up 11 black owned beauty and body brands that will make your self care and glow dreams come true: from lip glosses and nail polish to body butters and all natural soap.

Limegreen

Limgreen's mantra is "live your multi". The vegan brand's mission is to make skincare accessible and multifunctional. Their multi-oil revitalizes the skin, moisturizes hair and is a natural makeup remover, and their wax-oil candle doubles as a massage oil - plus, comes in a container that can be used as a mug once the candle runs out. Skincare can be a pricey investment, but if it can be used all over the body, you're definitely getting your money's worth.

Mented Cosmetics

As black people, we have various shades of complexion and are always looking for the perfect nude lippie. Mented Cosmetics offers a handful of nudes - from berries to browns and caramels - in hopes that you'll find one, or more, that suits you. They also just released a gorgeous lip gloss line, which I am excited to try (I am obsessed with gloss right now).

Hunny Bunny Boutique

Founded by two adorable little girls in Washington, D.C., Hunny Bunny features a delicious array of all natural body treats. You'll find olive oil, cherry almond and rose clay soaps, charcoal facial bars, star-shaped lotion bars and all natural deodorant, among other delights. The cutest part - a handwritten letter from the young founders are included with your purchase.

Breedlove Beauty Co.

If you're looking for pure, minimal essential oils that you can mix and match for your liking, or classics like liquid black soap and charcoal cleansers, Breedlove Beauty Co.'s got you covered. The Baton-Rogue based company makes luxurious handmade hair and body butters, organic rosewater facial toners, scalp serums, clay masks and beard oils for anyone to enjoy.

Coloured Raine

Looking for an eclectic array of matte lipstick, eye shadows and highlighters? Coloured Raine has all that, in magical shades that bring out your inner god or goddess.

LIT Brooklyn

Sure, candles aren't necessarily a body or beauty product, but the right scent can revitalize your mind and body and make you feel beautiful. LIT Brooklyn has a collection of scents that will make you feel nostalgic, sexy, relaxed or uplifted. With names like "Home", "Muse" and "Beau", these citrusy, floral and woody scents are sure to invite any mood.

Kaike

Here's a special one if you're buying gifts for someone with a sweet tooth. Kaike (pronounced “cake") makes skin and hair butters that feel, and smell, as smooth and inviting as frosting. Their all natural, vegan products have names like “Frosting" and “Marshmallow Mask" and “Sugar Scrub" and unlike edible baked goods, they're entirely guilt free.

The Lip Bar

Here's another lip wear brand for those who are as obsessed with lip stuff as me - especially lip gloss. The Lip Bar has vibrant lipsticks, liquid mattes and a funky selection of pigmented lip gloss. Perfect for holiday parties or just staying at home and feeling yourself.

Ginger + Liz

Colourful nails can brighten up anyone's mood and outfit during the cold season. Ginger + Liz offers a variety of gorgeous and uplifting colors that inspire and express all kinds of personalities and styles.

Bahi Cosmetics

Offering skin care and makeup, Bahi Cosmetics is a nice pit stop to satisfy beauty and body needs. They sell powder highlighters, primers and lashes as well as dewy mists, facial cleansers and serums. Dope.

Beauty Bakerie

Here's another shop for the sweets lovers in your life. Beauty Bakerie's whole aesthetic revolves around vibrant and fun makeup that makes you feel...tasty. They offer a variety of products, from matte and creme lip whips to eyeshadows, glitter and palettes.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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