Skincare Guru on Why Skin Lightening Can Be Good for Black Women


By Lenora Houseworth

There is a common belief that black women either don’t need or partake in cosmetic surgery or other procedures. You’ve probably even used the term, “Black don’t crack.” Well, this is not completely true. As an aesthetician, esthetician and Director of Skincare Services/Partner of Lavish Medical Spa, Leslie Nesbitt has seen the cosmeceutical aka the non-surgical industry become more inclusive while finally addressing the unique skincare needs for people of color.

In recent years, the New York-based Lavish, seen in The New York Times, has exploded with an uptick in procedures like skin lightening, or IV whitening, among women of color.

Dear Black Women, We Can’t Pray Mental Illness Away


By: Lenora Houseworth

What words come to mind when you think self-care? Bubble baths, facial masks and meditation apps? If you haven’t already noticed, the self-care revolution has become big business--and with good reason. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from stress and depression, with Black women uniquely impacted by race-related daily stress. It took me many years and my own mental breakdown before I understood that self-care is more than lighting candles on #SelfCareSunday. It also took me being 30+ and a depression diagnosis in my 20's to realize prayer does not cure mental dysfunction and distress. For many black women, church is and always has been the only power source for mental and emotional maintenance.

And it’s killing us.

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10 Hijab-Wearing Beauty Bloggers To Follow!

Leah Vernon
By: Lenora Houseworth

Less than a decade ago, the face of Muslim women was that of an invisible onlooker in both fashion and beauty, with virtually no representation anywhere. Now, in the midst of a turbulent political climate, those days are officially in the past. With big retail brands and beauty companies forming partnerships pushing diversity, Muslim beauty gurus have become a viable and much-needed voice. These ladies are defining beauty on their terms while showcasing their faith like we’ve never seen before. Check out some of these gorgeous beauty bloggers and learn some of their tips and tricks!

All I Want For Christmas is the End of the ‘Struggling Black Woman’ Stereotype

Photo: Olushola Bashorun
By Lenora Houseworth

The year of 2017 has been a doozy, no doubt. From the ever-exhausting, ridiculous excuse for a President, rampant sexual assault scandals, to the numerous crimes against humanity, Black women have been the silent bright spot in an otherwise dark socio-political landscape. 


7 Black-Owned Beauty Brands To Know


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna
According to research, black women spend a whopping 80% more on cosmetics than any other group, yet remained majorly-and noticeably-ignored by the industry for years.
Insert singer Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection, the atomic bomb that has (in a few short weeks) revolutionized the beauty world, leaving it scrambling for black women’s attention. I must say, this observation alone makes me even giddier for the superstar’s success, which shines a beaming light on an undercover problem within beauty--diversity. With #FentyBeauty now joining the ranks as yet another black-owned beauty company addressing the unique challenges women of color face in the makeup aisle, we thought it fitting to highlight a few more black-owned beauty brands. Take a look!

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