• Nyakim Gatwech “Queen of Dark” Shuts Down Naysayers

    Her moonshine dark skin has now taken the internet by storm, thus earning Nyakim Gatwech the nickname the “Queen of Dark” and she is prepared to shut down anyone who has anything negative to say about it.

    The 24-year-old model now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, uses her Instagram account not only to show off her sultry modelling poses, but to advocate diversity and stand up for those who don’t have a voice.  Nyakim uses her posts to tell her 180,000-plus followers that she takes pride in her “chocolate black” skin and her African heritage. “My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors,” she captioned one of her many Instagram photos, which routinely exceed 10k likes each.

    In another post she wrote, “Dear my moonshine dark skin, sun-kissed complexion, burn skin or whatever they might call you: You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for is unconditional because you are me”. Her photographs exhibit the pride she takes in her African roots and Nuer heritage.

    Earlier this year she took to Instagram to share her experience as a victim of colorism. “I was (asked by) my Uber driver the other day…’Don’t take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars would you bleach your skin for that amount?’ She said she laughed so hard and asked him: “Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God blessed me with?”

    Growing up, Nyakim says that she was bullied in school because of her skin color and admitted that she once contemplated skin bleaching. Even though she promotes skin positivity her journey to self-acceptance wasn’t always smooth.  “There was a time in my life where I considered bleaching myself to avoid the dirty looks, the laughter, and for boys to find me attractive,” she says. She too reveals she was bullied for her skin growing up called “darky” and “daughter of the night” by her peers. She decided to confront her bullies and now loves every inch of her melanin.  She also recalled a time when a complete stranger bet his friend $20 to ask her if she was wearing leggings of if her skin was really that black.

    She uses her account as a platform to advocate diversity and represent those who do not have a voice. In one of her inspiring messages she says, “You represent me and I represent you and lets show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skin. Because we are more than what this society think of our dark skin let stand up for those who can’t. Let’s speak up those who can’t.

    It is not just her captions but her photographs that speak volumes about her strength and beauty. From flaunting colorful bikinis in desert terrains, to beautiful floral print dresses and all-black outfits, she is a diva who makes a point with just her appearance.

    Even though she receives discouraging messages now and then regarding her coloring, she refuses to give up on her self-confidence and radiant self-love. Her refreshing attitude is reflected in a powerful message where she writes, “My skin absorbs the sun’s rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”

    Nyakim Gatwech has created a wave in the fashion industry and is now a very successful name in the modeling industry. She has broken standardized conventions of beauty and continues to encourage others to do the same as an advocate of diversity in the fashion world. She is also representing black women across various forums, globally.

    “Don’t let American standards damage your African soul. Love the skin you live in, no matter what color or shade it may be.”

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  • ORLY Offers Halal-Certified Nail Polishes

    Many Muslim men and women are not able to wear regular nail polish because it conflicts with prayer practices. The act of wudu, a ritual ablution performed before prayer, requires that water must touch every part of the body; nail polish, it’s believed, creates a barrier between the skin and the water. Orly’s new polish collection offers a solution. In an effort to bridge the diversity gap in the beauty world, the polish brand has teamed up with Muslim Girl to release a new collection of six halal-certified polishes, all of which let oxygen and moisture pass through the polish.

    Orly’s named the six shades HalalPaint. The Breathable line features feisty polish names like Haram-Bae, The Perfect Amani-Cure, What the Fatima?, Ig-Noor the Haters, and more, named by MuslimGirl.com founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh and the Muslim Girl team. “This line is important because there are so many girls and young women who aren’t represented in mainstream beauty,” Azmia Magane, Muslim Girl chief of staff, said in a press release. “They either don’t fit that definition or see things about them that are designed without them, instead of for them and by them. This is our way of bridging the gap.” Not only is HalalPaint halal-certified, but it’s also an answer to a beauty practice that some Muslims have otherwise found to be difficult coupled with their religious practice.

    According to Tal Pink, Orly’s digital director, the polish’s permeability also makes for longer-lasting manicures—and given the shades of grape, cherry red, white, metallic taupe, beige, and glassy topcoat, we don’t see a reason to take them off.” While it’s created by Muslim women for Muslim women, all women (or men!) can wear it. In addition to the polishes being made of 100 percent halal ingredients, they are made with ingredients — like argan oil, pro-vitamin B5, and vitamin C — to promote healthy nails. This collaborations is making the beauty industry (and the world) a little brighter and more inclusive. Pre-order the six-piece limited edition set on halalpaint.com, where it retails for $49.00.

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  • bareMinerals Customizes Foundations For All Skintones

    BareMinerals’s latest concept — an app where you can figure out your shade at home and then get a custom-blended foundation sent to you.

    Shiseido and MATCHCo are introducing a new bespoke foundation with bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo. “This technology is a game changer for women of all ethnicities as it offers customized, bespoke shade matching capabilities that cater to all skin tones, so the number of shades it can formulate is limitless,” says Jill Scalamandre, President, Shiseido Makeup Center of Excellence.

    Using an intricate algorithm and breakthrough technology, the bareMinerals Made-2- Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo app for iPhone walks users through a series of questions to help her find her exact color match. It leverages the highly sophisticated Apple camera system and processing power of the iPhone, enabling precise skin tone analysis via a set of simple user scans with the aid of a virtual makeup artist driven by artificial intelligence. “The beauty of this app is you can do this in-store at one of our bareMinerals boutiques with a qualified beauty advisor walking you through the steps or you can do this from the comfort of your home,” says Scalamandre. “Either way your personalized, bespoke foundation will be delivered to you in as little as 72 hours, 100% unique to you and your skin tone.”

    The new Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation formula is said to be lightweight and oil-free with hydrating and anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin E and green tea, in addition to plumping element white lily extract. The aim is a foundation that looks like skin, which is why the formula is buildable for a smooth finish. The cost is $49 for a 30 ml bottle, the app is free!

     

    bareMinerals is a registered trademark of Bare Escentuals Beauty, Inc.

     

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  • Bolden Brands Develops Sunscreen For Darker Skin Tones

    Two sisters are changing the game when it comes to sunscreen for black skin. Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa, founders of the black skin care line Bolden, are gearing up to launch sunblock designed specifically for darker skin tones. These sisters understand the struggle and for that reason are working to expand the market for black women and WOC. They are also aiming to support communities that produce shea nuts (which they use in their products).

    Contrary to popular belief, black people do need sunscreen. Melanin may help fight the sun’s rays, but added protection is a must.
    “A lot of black people don’t wear sunblock because they don’t see the damage immediately,” Chidozie stated. “There’s an issue with education around sunscreen in the black community. Even though skin cancer doesn’t affect people of color as much as it affects people with white skin, that makes it more dangerous because it’s often not caught until it’s in an advanced stage.”


    Photo: Bolden

    Unfortunately, most sunscreens leave a white residue on dark skin, which detracts many black people from wearing sunblock. The Bolden formula was developed with brightening moisturizer sunscreen with Vitamin C and SPF 30. It dries clear on the skin. The product is set to be available this summer.

  • Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – COMING SOON!

    At last, we have a date – Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, the singer’s much-anticipated make-up line, is launching in autumn 2017. The singer posted an Instagram teaser on Wednesday to confirm the news, having first announced her venture into make-up back in 2016 when she signed a deal with the Kendo division of LVMH, which also produces Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D Cosmetics.


    The first product drop is a holographic lip product used backstage at the Fenty x Puma spring 2017 runway show.

    And in true Rihanna fashion, the Fenty Beauty brand has decided to have an hold open casting calls for brand makeup artists in three major U.S. cities. “By opening this up the our larger makeup community we hope to build a diverse team of beauty experts who excel in the areas of artistry, elevated education, makeup experience and have an ability to best represent a brand.

    All applicants were told to bring their resume, headshot, three portfolio images, and a copy of their application. “Applicants who make it through the first interview phase will be invited to a second interview at a later date and our finalists will have a chance to interview and apply makeup on Rihanna herself,” the casting call stated.

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  • New L’Oreal Color Riche Lip Collections Coming Soon

    Partnerships between luxury fashion house Balmain and makeup giant L’Oreal Paris, are joining forces to create a new and limited edition collection of lipsticks.

    The surprise announcement was made by L’Oreal Paris and marks both the brand’s first foray into collaborating with a fashion house as well as Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing’s first ever beauty collection. It is bound to spark intrigue among fashion and beauty fans. “Make-up has always been part of my aesthetic and my silhouette. Having the opportunity to do that with an institution like L’Oreal Paris for me is an incredible dream.”

    Details on the new lipstick range are being kept firmly under wraps, although L’Oreal revealed there would be 12 new shades released under the infamous Color Riche line, which currently sells one lipstick worldwide every three seconds. There will be three star shades available as jewel editions in Balmain Paris stores and selected retailers. The collection will be available in September to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

    Mark your calendars and start a countdown now for the newest lipstick addiction!