10 Woman Of Color-Owned Businesses To Shop From In Honor Of Black History Month

10 Woman Of Color-Owned Businesses To Shop From In Honor Of Black History Month

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1. So Refreshed

So Refreshed is a natural skincare line including face cleansers, lotion, bath salts, and more. Try their bestselling French green clay mask to detoxify and purify your skin. Or, if you need some time for self-care, So Refreshed's bath salts (scents include orange, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, and lime) are a great option. Receive FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more!

2. Ylley Designs

Ylley Designs was made to empower and remind Women of Color how beautiful their Black Girl Magic is! Their Etsy shop features cute tees with powerful messages, like this Being Myself African print shirt. Currently, Ylley Designs is offering 30% OFF custom tees at their shop and will be releasing a special shirt in for Black History Month!

3. Aeren Waters

Aeren Waters has a gorgeous selection of wallets, purses, pouches, and clutches made from upcycled materials and faux leather. Their designs are sleek, sophisticated, and stylish- check out this affordable and customizable tan wallet. In addition to the online shop, Aeren Waters offers in-house workshops to empower artists and aspiring designers. Sign up for Aeren Waters' email list to receive EXCLUSIVE DEALS and offers for the month of February!

4. MikMont Creations

Want a cute and unique greeting card for Valentine's Day? Skip Hallmark and check out MikMont Creations' online store of greeting cards for all occasions. MikMont Creations' cards are vibrant, well-designed, and feature relatable phrases unlike many larger companies. First-time customers: use the code "yasss" to receive 10% OFF your entire order!

5. Nirvana Wild

Nirvana Wild's shop features beautiful jewelry, accessories and loose crystals- they have products for everyone. I absolutely LOVE this Cosmic Journey Moonstone Choker, but if you're not sure what to buy, browse their bestsellers section. Don't forget to follow Nirvana WIld on Insta, and use the special code "ODYSSEY15" to receive 15% OFF your order of $20.00 or more!

6. Pascale's Body Care

Pascale's Body Care offers chemical free and 100% organic body products made with your healing in mind. Keep your lips moisturized with their natural hemp an honey lip balm, or try Pascale's vanilla body butter (YUM) for winter skin and natural hair. For 10% OFF your purchase, use the code "ODYSSEY" on Pascale's Etsy shop!

7. Kimberly New York

Inspired by her time as a MUA and writer in Manhattan, Kimberly Walker created Kimberly New York, a line of fine fragrances. Kimberly New York features perfume collections created with quality, sustainable ingredients such as 100% organic oils. Not sure which fragrance to choose? Figure out your fragrance personality on their website or try Kimberly New York's NEW scent Poetry- a peachy, Spring ode to spoken word. Use the promo code "POETRY" to receive 20% OFF your purchase at Kimberly New York!

8. Adorned By Chi

Adorned By Chi is a super cool clothing, accessory, and homegoods store perfect for fashion-forward feminists, Woman of Color, vocal babes, and quirky girls. They have everything from graphic tees, like this Super Fly shirt, to a hella adorable Chance The Rapper pillow. First-time customers receive 10% OFF their order when they sign up for Adorned By Chi's mailing list!

9. Wisdom of 7

Wisdom of 7 features amazing artwork and portraiture created by artist Yvette M Sutton. Using many different mediums such as pencil and paint, Sutton makes detailed pieces you can check out on her Instagram as well as her online photo galley. Visit Wisdom of 7's site to commission artwork and receive a special discount!

10. Limegreen

Limegreen's vegan, essential oil-infused products are made for your skin, hair, AND home. Their shop includes all multi-use items... check out this lemongrass hair and body oil that is also makeup remover, or try their Lavundula candle that transforms into luscious massage oil. Limegreen is perfect for relaxation and creating vacation vibes in the comfort of your own home.

Cover Image Credit: Ylley Designs / Etsy

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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My Simple Skin Care Routine That'll Keep Your Skin Clear All Summer Long

And hopefully glowing too, even if the glow is just sweat...

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Hi. So I am very proud of my skin and the journey that I have gone through to get it looking the way it does. I don't do much to my face, much to many of my friends surprise and in fact, I've noticed the less I do to my face the better it looks. Here are the five products I use on my face to keep my skin clear and glowing.

1. Simple Cleansing Wipes

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Sooooo, I don't actually wash my face. I know!!!!! Ok, ok, calm down. To cleanse my skin and get the dirt from the day off of my face I use the simple cleansing wipes. They work really well and you can actually see the dirt on the wipe which is my favorite part. I would've taken my own picture but I kind of ran out so I'm using baby wipes at the moment, which work just as well for me.

2. Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum

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The next few things are a little pricey, but totally worth it. I use the Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum as a moisturizer and I really like it because you just put it directly on your face and you don't have to rub it in or anything. It makes your skin look very glowy as well.

3. Bliss Ex-Glow-Sion Eye Cream

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I am a college student which means I hardly get as much sleep as I would like. I use the Bliss Ex-Glow-SIon eye cream under my eyes to help brighten my dark circles, especially after nights where I barely slept or on the days that I have an 8:30 am class.

4. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

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I never used to use sunscreen, especially not daily. But I have hyperpigmentation and have found that sunscreen really helps keep my skin tone even and helps prevent dark spots, so now I'm a big fan.

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

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I've tried the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe and with rose, and I think so far the rose is my favorite. I love the way this spray feels and it's so good at revitalizing my skin during the day. It can also be used as a setting spray for the people out there that wear makeup.

Now, I don't always use all five products every day and sometimes I'm just super lazy and don't use any of them. I also only do the whole process only once a day, sometimes I wipe off my face twice depending on the day. But I haven't had a pimple in a very long time, so something must be working, right?

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