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Cyber Monday Sales: Shop Small, Shop Black


As always, I’ll be adding more Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to this list as I receive them. Every business/brand listed is black-owned.

Cyber Monday Sales


Undra Celeste NY is having a massive sale – at 40% – on their elegant wares! Use code SHOP2016 at checkout.


Tnemnroda are having a generous Cyber Monday sale in which you can save 40% off all sunnies and accessories with code cyber40 at checkout.


Plain Jane Beauty is offering 20% off all orders in honor of Cyber Monday. Use CYBER20 at checkout until 12 midnight EST.


Lace By Tanaya keeps coming with the savings! For Cyber Monday, the e-tailer is offering 30% off all sales with code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.


Served Fresh is offering up to 40% off purchases with complimentary free shipping. Use code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.


Beauty Depot is celebrating Cyber Monday by offering the same amazing deals they offered for Black Friday. Score hair for your crochet protective styles for as low as $1.99 per bag! Take an extra 10% off with code BDGIVESTHANKS at checkout.

Cyber Monday at Keva J Swimwear

Keva J Swimwear has a plethora of deals going on in conjunction with their Cyber Monday sale. Until Monday, November 28, enjoy free US Ground shipping on your orders. Spend $200+ and receive a free getaway goody bag of ultimate travel beauty essentials. Buy any sale item from the 2014-2015 collection and get another 50% off. Save 20% off all swimwear in the NUDE collection until 11/28.


Tees in Trap is offering 20% off with SUPADUPAFLY until Monday, November 28th at 11:59PM PST. Who knows? Maybe you can get this Awesomely Luvvie t-shirt which was recently seen on Issa Rae on the hit HBO tv show Insecure.


Mae B. Paper is celebrating Cyber Monday by offering 20% on select styles of their weekly calendar, personalized stationery, luggage tags and greeting cards. If you love buying (and receiving) goods featuring gorgeous renditions of black beauty, you must check her out!


Illusions Cosmetics invites you to join them on Cyber Monday with 30% off all sales with code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.

50-off-at-mischo-beauty-for-cyber-mondayMischo Beauty is offering 50% off everything on the site for Cyber Monday with code MISCHOBEAUTY50 at checkout.

Black Friday Sales

AJ Crimson Beauty


Celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson has posted the following checkout codes on his Instagram:

  • BLACKFRIDAY30 for 30% off when you spend $50 or more
  • BLACKFRIDAY40 for 40% off when you spend $150 or more
  • 50% off when you shop at the AJ CRIMSON BEAUTÉ ATELIER in Los Angeles CA (729 North La Brea)

Beauty Bakerie Makeup


All items on the site are marked down; no checkout code required.

Beauty by Africa Miranda


Multitalented maven Africa Miranda has finally made her official foray into the retail side of beauty. Her first offering is a $40 Facial Elixir that pays homage to the glory of Brazil by featuring an intoxicating blend of Maracuja Oil, Cupuacu Butter and other skin-nourishing components.



Ending Sunday, November 27 at 11:59 P.M., save 40% off all prescription orders with checkout code BLKFRI.

Gold Label Cosmetics


Special prices for Black Friday is as follows (11/25 – 12 AM)

  • Matte Lip Pens $17-$18
  • Matte Lip Bundles $36
  • Lipsticks $10-$12
  • Lipstick Bundles $30-$34

Khristian A. Howell


Save 20% of your purchase now until Sunday, November 27 at 11:59 EST. Use code BLKFRIYAY at checkout.

Lace By Tanaya


Score 50% off your purchase with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

Melanie Marie


With mmblackfriday at checkout, you can save 25% off your order.

Tees in the Trap


Use code SUPADUPAFLY at checkout to save 20% for Black Friday.



As soon as I discovered the wonder that is The PuffCuff, I was completely sold! All last year and earlier this year, I depended heavily on the PuffCuff Mini to sweep my tresses into a kinky-curly topknot. The PuffCuff Family Pack, a 7-piece collection comprised of one original PuffCuff, 1 PuffCuff Junior, 2 PuffCuff Minis and 3 PuffCuff Micros, is currently on sale for $30 (40% off the $49.99).

Suzy Black


Suzy Black is offering quite a selection of steamy bridal intimates which are available for pre-order starting today, Friday, November 25 and lasting until Thursday, December 22. Prices range from $65-$165.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 5 Fashion Credits


Empire Season 3 Episode 5 Fashion Credits
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Marc Jacobs Snapshot Calf Hair Small Camera Bag

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Jennifer Fisher Samira Hoops | Erika Cavallini Flower Brooch | Chloe Isidora Metal Aviator Sunglasses

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10 Crosby Derek Lam Long-Sleeve Striped Off-the-Shoulder Top | Derek Lam Sailor Jeans | Christian Louboutin Daffodile Python Platform Pumps in Stone

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Cookie Personalized Sparkling Gold Plated Name Necklace | Nailed By Cristy Nude to Neon Summer Stiletto Nails | Michael Kors Quartz Watch Bangle | Michael Kors Chronograph Watch Bangle

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Kiyonna Beguiling Border Print Wrap Dress

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Calvin Klein Hibiscus Printed Sheath Dress

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Kendall + Kylie Sporty Diamond-Pattern Mesh-Insert Crop Top and Pencil Skirt

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Public School Mairo Galaxy Print T-ShirtFrost NYC Hollow Pave Miami Cuban Link Bracelet

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Custom Adidas Skirt | Aquazzura Silver Disco Thing Heels

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Versace White Medusa Aviator Sunglasses | Nude to Neon Summer Stiletto Nails | Versace Runway Knit Sport Dress | Versace Signature Medusa High Heel Sandals | Fendi 3Jours Mini Mink-Fur Trim Leather Tote

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Black-Owned Brands at the 2016 VMAs: Five to Know


I spotted five black-owned brands at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Take a look:

Black-Owned Brands: Coloured Raine (Loraine Dowdy)  x Hood By Air (Shayne Oliver) x Rihanna

2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Recipient Rihanna was the lady of the night, treating us to four melodic performances of her greatest hits. Per usual, celebrity makeup artist Mylah Morales came through with the glam beat, using Chanel and Caudalie for the face:

From what I can tell, Rih had two major lip moments: matte classic red and matte bruised plum. And for the opening sequence, Morales turned to a popular black-owned makeup brand: Coloured Raine. Rihanna wore the brand’s Cherry Blossom Matte Lip Paint. For her final performance and award speech, Coloured Raine was told that Rih wore their Raine Fever but actually, she wore Chanel Limited Edition Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in Rouge Audace mixed with Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Noir. Morales set her custom lip look with a dusting of translucent powder.

Rihanna wears Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom at the 2016 VMAs

Another black-owned brand Rihanna chose for her special night? Hood By Air. HBA remixed their $215 Cookie Ringer Bodysuit for the Empress by producing a special cotton candy version which, sadly, isn’t available for purchase.

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Rihanna wore HBA Hood By Air to the 2016 VMAs

Black-Owned Brands: Pat McGrath Labs (Pat McGrath) x Naomi Campbell

Slayomi – we are officially calling her that now, right? – infused the VMA red carpet with considerable glamour when she arrived with a sequined smize, courtesy of Mutha (Pat) McGrath. While celebrity makeup artist Renee Garnes subtly enhanced Slayomi’s gorgeous visage, McGrath chose two of her LUST 004 Lipstick Kits – Vermillion Venom & Bloodwine – to create the night’s most-talked about lip look. Sometimes I can’t believe Pat McGrath Labs is a black-owned, luxury beauty brand!

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Naomi Campbell x Pat McGrath Labs

Both BeautybyJJ and Jackie Aina recreated Naomi’s VMAs makeup:

Black-Owned Brands: Danessa Myricks Beauty (Danessa Myricks) x Chloe & Halle

A while back, I composed a piece on black-owned highlighters, and, of course, I made sure to include shades from Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminators collection. At $20 a pop, these powders were formulated to provide skin with a subtle, sunlit sheen. Celebrity makeup artist Camara Aunique chose two shades from the Enlight collection – Confidence (left) and Desire (right) – for R&B duo Chloe x Halle. As you can see, these black-owned brighteners play so well with melaninated skin!

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Chloe x Halle x Danessa Myricks Beauty

Black-Owned Brands: ilashflare Lashes (Jelisa Spence) x Jasmine Tookes

Honestly, I was really psyched about this last discovery for two reasons. For starters, Lena Lashes seems to be the go-to lash brand nowadays. However, I wanted to see another company get some shine. Also, for someone like Tookes to wear a brand like ilashflare to such a high-profile event, major! ilashflare specializes in 100% cruelty-free mink fur lashes. Furthermore, if anyone still wanted to do the B.O.M.B. (black-owned makeup brands) challenge with vegan/cruelty brands, ilashflare is one to check out! Tookes wore the Khloe lash with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Camille Thompson. Tookes is also wearing several Becca Cosmetics to include the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation and Blotting Powder Perfector.

Black-Owned Brands Seen at the 2016 VMAs: Jasmine Tookes x ilashflare

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Black Beauty Brands That Aren’t #Blackowned

Black Beauty Brands That Aren't black-owned on Blaq Vixen Beauty ( Black Opal Beauty is not black-owned. Black Radiance is not black-owned. Blackup is not black-owned. Flori Roberts is not black-owned. Sacha Cosmetics is not black-owned.

Check out my most popular article of 2015 “How Black|Up Curiously Lost Its Black Founder Fabrice Mahabo.”

This article was originally titled “Black Beauty Brands with Non-Black CEOs” (hence the permalink) but was changed to “Black Beauty Brands That Aren’t #Blackowned” shortly after publication. A peer suggested that readers like you will care more about ownership rather than positions/titles. Am I explicitly asking you to boycott these brands? No, just make more informed makeup choices that correlate with your beliefs.

Recently, I watched Alissa Ashley’s Black Owned Makeup Brands Matter (#BOMB) Makeup Youtube Tutorial. In this surprising video, Alissa uses black-owned brands to achieve a complete look. She features 100% black-owned brands like AJ Crimson Beauty, Juvia’s Place, Lena Lashes, and Coloured Raine. SheaMoisture is 51% black-owned at the time of this post. Black Radiance and Sacha Cosmetics are not black-owned at all. Black Radiance is ran by a black team that could possibly negotiate a deal to buy the brand from Markwins.

I love this black-owned beauty brand challenge, and I hope more beauty gurus participate. However, one disturbing trend I’ve noticed is misinformation. Unfortunately, too many of us think that the leading black beauty brands are black-owned. Moreover, what’s even more disappointing is that no one names the CEOs of these companies. As influencers, we have to ensure the information that we share with our network is accurate.

Here are five popular black beauty brands with non-black CEOs:
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Black-Owned Highlighters for Brown/Dark Skin Tones


This compilation of black-owned highlighters for brown and dark skin tones has been in draft for a spell. At first, I wanted to showcase popular highlighters that looked beyond on brown and dark skin tones. If you follow any makeup Instagram accounts, then you know luminizers are, well, lit (pun intended).

Inspired, I decided to do a quick list identifying highlighters from black-owned businesses. Every one featured is on my shopping list. But our fellow entrepreneurs are launching new beauty businesses everyday. It’s only a matter of time before I can provide a more impressive list of glow-getters.

Staying faithful to my focus of black celebrity beauty, I have also included celebrities. These beauties are modeling glistening cheekbones on Instagram, at various events and at photoshoots. By the end of 2016, I hope to have more products for your consideration. I really light up when I see black celebrity women supporting black-owned businesses!

But for now, see how your celebrity skin twin glows up while supporting black. This list is organized by price so you can support within your price range/budget:

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