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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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Watch the Retro Music Video for Dyo's 'Go All the Way' Featuring Mr Eazi

The video, directed by Mahaneela, is a tribute to the vintage photography of Malick Sidibé, James Barnor, Seydou Keïta, and Samuel Fosso.

Mr Eazi teams up with budding Nigerian artist Dyo, for her latest single "Go All the Way."

The duo share a memorable music video, inspired by the work of vintage African studio photographers like Malick Sidibé, James Barnor, Seydou Keïta, and Samuel Fosso. The music video features cameos from several young African creatives including Congolese artist Miles from Kinshasa, who are all photographed in stylish clothes before staged backdrops.

The video was directed by multi-hyphenated creator Mahaneela, who also appears in the video,

The Mirza-produced song sees both artists singing suggestively about their lovers. "Go go, go all the way," Dyo sings smoothly on the track's chorus.

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Join Us For an Everyday Afrique Party This Labor Day In NYC!

Featuring music by DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka.

Everyday People, OkayAfrica and Electrafrique are back with the best Labor Day weekend party around with Everyday Afrique.

Come hang with us for another installment of the party that brings out the New York City's finest.

This September 2 we're taking Everyday Afrique back to The Well in Brooklyn, where you can dance and drink the day & night away across the venue's outdoor and indoor spaces.

Grab Your Tickets to Everyday Afrique's Labor Day Party Here

Music will be handled by a top-shelf line-up of selectors including DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka.

The party will be hosted by Young Prince, Saada, Roble, Sinat, Giselle, Shernita and Maine.

Make sure to grab your tickets here and we'll see you on the dance floor!

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INFLUENCED: Meet Sibu Mpanza—the YouTuber Who's Making a Killing from Just Having Fun

'I am the person I needed when and even before I started my YouTube channel,' the prolific YouTuber says.

OkayAfrica brings you the 2019 INFLUENCED Series. In the coming weeks, we'll be exploring the online communities being fostered by young South Africans who are doing more than just influencing. From make-up gurus and hair naturalistas to socially-conscious thought leaders, get ready to be influenced. Read the rest of the series here.

Years ago, Sibu Mpanza found himself experiencing two realities Black South African students are still battling with even today: crippling financial woes at university and debilitating depression.

An aspiring musician who ended up studying psychology instead at the University of Cape Town, Mpanza began skipping as many classes as he possibly could. He would spend copious amounts of time at a computer hidden away in the corner, passing the hours watching funny videos on YouTube. In fact, he says he spent so much time on YouTube that he was literally one of the very first people to view Beyoncé's epic "711" music video—something Mpanza recalls in stitches.

He was searching for something, although admittedly, he didn't quite know back then what it was exactly. It eventually got so bad that in his second year of university, he packed up his things, dropped out and moved to Johannesburg to see if he could become what he'd always imagined he could eventually be.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the name Sibu Mpanza is not only an undeniable success story but an entire brand.

Mpanza is a full-time YouTuber who has been able to capitalise on creating hilarious content about his life and pretty much anything that interests him. While he initially "blew up" because of a YouTube video he put out, a video which called out White students at the University of the Free State who were recorded beating up protesting Black students at a rugby game, he's since moved onto a second channel, More Mpanza, where he makes content that's a lot more fun, apolitical and doesn't take a toll on his mental health. As if two successful channels weren't enough, he's also got a third channel, Arcade, where he and his business partner talk about things they enjoy in the technology space.

For anyone looking to just let off some steam, watch a YouTuber who's willing to poke fun at himself or find some really quality content in an era where everyone seems to have a YouTube channel about something or the other, Mpanza is definitely your guy.

We caught up with him to talk about what inspired his various YouTube channels, the fame that comes with being a household name and what's really important to the young South African creative.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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The 19 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Sho Madjozi, Odunsi, Sarkodie, Mr Eazi, Fuse ODG, Santi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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