Review: Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

No, I was mad at society. Andy had the courage to come out to a hateful world at a relatively young age. He was supposed to live three-quarters of his life as his authentic self. Instead, because cancer cut his life short, he had less than a quarter. Some people have even less time than that.Continue reading “Review: Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride”

Review: Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen

A vegan collagen treatment serum that helps to restore skin’s natural bounce & resilience, replenishing & preserving a healthy skin matrix.  – Algenist Well-known for its focus on algae and collagen, Algenists’ Genius Liquid Collagen serum boasts of its ability to increase hydration and glow into the skin without irritating it, qualifying its miraculous resultsContinue reading “Review: Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen”

Review: Adagio Raspberry Patch Tea

Raspberry is a complex flavor. It can be more sweet than tart, warm and chewy like a jam, or a fruity-floral accent. This blend plays to all of those nuances. Fresh raspberries, apple pieces, rose hips and hibiscus come together to tell the story of a raspberry. Zesty, tart and slightly sweet. A balanced cupContinue reading “Review: Adagio Raspberry Patch Tea”

Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

It was then that I made the realization: Chidinma and I were both choking under the weight of something larger than us, something heavy and weighty, the weight of tradition and superstition and of all our legends. – Under the Udala Trees Summary and Thoughts Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the UdalaContinue reading “Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta”

Review: Adagio Jade Oolong

Jade oolong tea from the Tung Ting mountain in Nantou County, Taiwan. A highly prized tea, Jade oolongs are a beautiful deep green in appearance, with large, tightly rolled leaves. Once infused, these lightly oxidized leaves gradually unfurl to release their essential oils. Jade oolongs are known for their fresh green-floral aroma, sweet flavor, andContinue reading “Review: Adagio Jade Oolong”

Review: Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Cleanser

A refreshing cleansing gel made with tea tree to deeply purify pores, help balance skin and reduce excess surface oil. This cleansing gel removes makeup while leaving skin healthy-looking and visibly clearer. Sulfate-free, non-drying formula features squalane to boost the performance of tea tree and help keep skin feeling ultra-soft. – Biossance I received two sampleContinue reading “Review: Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Cleanser”

Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Wayward, related to the family of words: errant, fugitive, recalcitrant, anarchic, willful, reckless, troublesome, riotous, tumultuous, rebellious and wild. To inhabit the world in ways inimical to those deemed proper and respectable, to be deeply aware of the gulf between where you stayed and how you might live. Waywardness: the avid longing for a worldContinue reading “Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman”

Review: Adagio Wild Child Tea

This tea is wild right out of the bag, what a great scent! It’s very fragrant in the cup but the taste itself is delightfully fresh, smooth and fruity. – Adagio Tea Fruity without being overly sweet, Wild Child is a unique and delicious blend, the mix of green teas complimenting each other magnificently. ModeratelyContinue reading “Review: Adagio Wild Child Tea”

Recommendations: Black-Owned Skincare Products

Most beauty journalism still assumes readers are white. Cosmetic brands are making an effort in their marketing, but most skincare brands are not – by only featuring white women in their campaigns, they also assume their audience and consumer is white. At the majority of the big beauty companies, all the key decision-makers are white, whichContinue reading “Recommendations: Black-Owned Skincare Products”

Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba

A possessive part of me wants to hoard this story. I want to chipmunk or squirrel away the memory of this event, place it in a tree trunk with the memories of all the other rapes, attempted rapes, and gropes, memories that will never be released or consumed. When a man asks, “What did heContinue reading “Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba”