If you follow me on social, you may have seen that I recently headed to London for a lovely breakfast with one of my favourite skincare brands Aveeno®. The event was hosted at the super cute 26 Grains on Neal's Yard - a part of London I've never visited before but one well worth checking out as it's super pretty with colourful buildings on every corner. We were greeted by the lovely Aveeno® team and Alex Hely Hutchinson, founder of 26 Grains. Alex created two healthy but delicious recipes to go alongside Aveeno's new products with the main ingredient being oats, as 26 Grains is famous for their range of oat/grain based dishes. Oats are also an ingredient in Aveeno’s skincare due to their many benefits for the skin including soothing sensitivity, restoring moisture, cleansing and protecting. With this being said, it makes perfect sense for Alex to partner with Aveeno® on this launch.



You may have read a post I wrote in collaboration with Aveeno® last year called ‘Inside & oat’(read it here if you missed it) which was all about the belief that healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of your overall health and wellbeing and a big part of that is what we put inside our body, as well as the products we put on it. After all, great skin starts from the inside and what you eat plays a huge part in that. I know that if I eat too many pizzas or drink too much wine, my skin starts to pay for it. However, with a combination of healthy eating and Aveeno's daily skincare products that contain natural and skin beneficial ingredients, you can nourish your skin from the inside and out and be well on your way to a beautiful glowing complexion. 


With this being said, we were offered a choice of two breakfasts to enjoy at the event - both of which were healthy yet delicious, showing there's no excuse to not eat foods that are good for our general wellbeing and of course, our skin! There was a yoghurt, oat, honey and apricot cake or oats with pepper, parmesan and olive oil to choose from and they were both fabulous. I usually go for savoury over sweet but the cake was too beautiful to ignore. As you can see from the photos, it looked amazing and it tasted even better. I can't believe it was healthy - I definitely need to recreate this at home.





As I mentioned, the event was to launch some new additions to the Aveeno® range and oh my gosh, they have to be my favourite yet. I'm a big fan of all the products and have never tried one I haven't liked but these are definitely my favourite so far. Aveeno® is all about creating products with ingredients that are proven to be beneficial for the skin and this new range is based around yogurt concentrate - an ingredient known to keep the skin nourished and hydrated and one that is perfect paired with oats - makes sense to mix them together right? I wasn’t aware of the benefits of yogurt in skincare before attending the event but Dr Shefali Rajopat, a consultant dermatologist, says “Yogurt contains a rich mix of powerful nutrients such as vitamin B12 and riboflavin, protein, calcium and Vitamin D.” Interesting, right?





I was kindly gifted some of the products to take home with me and I’ve been using them ever since. I’ve been trying the new Aveeno® Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt, Yogurt Body Wash and the Aveeno® Daily Moisturising After-Shower Mist and as I said, I’m in love. The yogurt-like texture of the products is perfect - it’s thick and creamy but also really light at the same time and sinks into the skin almost immediately. What I find with Aveeno® is that the products do exactly what they say on the bottle - they’re simple and straight to the point, and I like that. I’m not one for an overly complicated skincare routine and I know I can rely on these products to do exactly what you’d expect from them - moisturise my skin, leave it feeling soft and supple and provide a radiant healthy glow. I’ve been especially impressed by their new after-shower mist as I find this so easy to use after showering and it’s given me the push I need to moisturise my full body more regularly.





As well as having the same amazing ingredients as Aveeno’s other ranges and the addition of yogurt concentrate, these new products also have divine new scents - Apricot & Honey and Vanilla & Oats. I’m a big fan of sweet scents so both of these are right up my street and seriously, they smell good enough to eat. Thank goodness I had the cake to keep me going at the event or I might have been half tempted to dive right into them, haha. I also think they’re the perfect scents for Summer as they’re sweet but also really fresh and uplifting - perfect for an early morning boost.


I’m such a big fan of these new Aveeno® products and I know they’re going to be a staple in my daily routine for the foreseeable future. Are you a fan of Aveeno®? Do you like the sound of these new products? For more information visit aveeno.co.uk

PS - watch the video below for that delicious cake recipe.


*Sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Renae Bluitt of blog In Her Shoes and film "She Did That"Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

By Sharee Silerio

If you have ever been uplifted, encouraged or guided by a Black woman, then you know how powerful the experience can be. From careers to motherhood, loving self and the struggles of life, there are times when we need help from our sisters.

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As you’re thinking about your long-time friends, sisters by blood, mentors and sister-soul mates, consider the ways you’d like to show appreciation for their advice, listening ear, hugs and affirmation. Would you like to send them a bouquet of flowers? Take them out to lunch? Or send them their favorite book?

Evita Turquoise Robinson, Founder & Creator of Nomadness TribePhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes


There are plenty of ways to say “Thank You”, and Camara Aunique is doing it in a beautiful way.

The celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert’s clientele includes Yvonne Orji (Molly on “Insecure”), Garcelle Beauvais (Fancy on “The Jamie Foxx Show”), and Kandi Burruss (Xscape, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”), among others.

Emmy Nominated TV Host & Producer Kéla WalkerPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

 I Don't Do Clubs Founder Genese JamilahPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes
At one of the lowest points of her lives, a group of trailblazing women helped lift her up; from haircare mavens to social justice warriors and award-winning television professionals, her inner circle is one to aspire to.

To honor the women who nurtured her, Camara Aunique partnered with Hannah Magazine to create an editorial titled “An Ode to Beauty.” It features “Luke Cage” actress Simone Missick, Carol's Daughter Founder Lisa Price, writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis, “I Don't Do Clubs” founder Genese Jamilah, Emmy-nominated TV host Kéla Walker and more.

Actress Simone MissickPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

Actress Simone MissickPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

Executive Producer of Apollo Theatre Kamilah ForbesPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

“At the time of this shoot, I was dead broke, and at a real low point of my career,” she told Essence Magazine. “These women supported, encouraged, uplifted and championed for me. In the midst of my trials, they poured into me, and 'An Ode to Beauty' not only allowed to me to use my craft to cope with my circumstances, but it was my way of expressing gratitude to my friends; I wanted to celebrate them.”

Aunique graced the women’s melanin canvases with her makeup brush while Nicole Newland did their hair and Justin Ifill-Forbes photographed each woman.

Carol's Daughter Founder Lisa PricePhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

The photo shoot not only highlights Aunique’s amazing makeup skills, but showcases the beauty that Black women are, from the inside out.

Singer-Songwriter Renee NeufvillePhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes

Writer and Activist Michaela Angela DavisPhoto by Justin Ifill-Forbes
You can take a look at the entire editorial below, or own it by purchasing the Summer 2017 issue of Hannah Magazine.


Who is in your sister tribe? What do you think about this photo shoot? Who helps you refill your #BlackGirlMagic cup?
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Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for SincerelySharee.com, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at ShareeSilerio.com then connect with her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
The other day I visited Glossier's website to repurchase a lost item and try something new.  On the one hand, I was bummed that I couldn't find my tube of balm dotcom, but on the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to try a product that I've had my eye on for quite a while.

After adding cloud paint to my cart, I was feeling really good about myself.  I was super hopeful about the potential of using a cream blush for the first time ever.   Blush has been one of my biggest challenges since forever.  It never looks good on me.  And the powdery finish is too reminiscent of the 80s for my taste.  As someone with big cheeks, putting brightly hued powder only accentuates them so I stay away. But, I still wanted to experience the look of blush....just in a modern way.
@diarrhaxo wearing Cloud Paint in Haze.
Instead of looking like I have clown cheeks, I want to replicate the look of flushed, healthy skin.  Cloud paint seemed like the answer.
When package arrived, I instantly knew that I had purchased the wrong shade.  Even before applying the product, I knew it would disappear completely into my skin upon application.  And it did.

My spirit was crushed as I reached out to customer service to request a return label.

But all hope was not lost.  After taking a peek around the internet, I learned that Glossier's Haze Cloud Paint would probably be a better option for darker complexions. So I went back to try it again.  This time I crossed my fingers hoping that Haze would be my salvation.

But I was so amped to try a cream blush that I couldn't wait days for a new delivery to arrive.

So I scurried over to my makeup stash to see if I could find a way to replicate this look with what I currently own.  I found a few websites that recommended blending your favorite blush with oil and dabbing it on the cheek.  That was a flop.  Too greasy

Another recommended combining blush with lotion.  I didn't even try that idea because I knew my skin would absorb it too quickly.  Plus I wouldn't be able to produce that same hint of glow using plain moisturizer.  I played around with one idea after the next until I found a product that was a suitable substitute.
@symphanisto wearing Cloud Paint in Haze + Haloscope Quartz via @glossierbrown

I found the perfect combination of pigment with a hint of glow in the form of NARS' velvet matte lip pencils.  Don't let the name fool you.  Although they're referred to as matte pencils, they're still highly moisturizing and glide on like butter.  Since they're technically "lipsticks" there's a great color payoff.  A little goes a long way and it just melts into the skin, unlike traditional blush which tends to stay on the skin's surface.  My cheeks were rosy and flushed but it didn't look like I was wearing blush.  These creamy lip pencils aren't as glossy as cloud paint so the final result is a bit more toned down for an everyday look.

Now, I'm debating on whether I'll even need the Haze or should I continue experimenting with other creamy lip pencils in various shades. It's nice to know that I have alternatives.  Maybe I'll stick with these creme pencils for now and wear cloud paint in the winter when my skin isn't as oily.  It'll be a nice way to create dewy cheeks during the dry winter months.

If you have a few of those creamy lip pencils lying around, give this a try.  I find that nude shades don't really give off the full effect so don't be afraid to experiment with rich berry tones, reds, and pinks.



The other day I visited Glossier's website to repurchase a lost item and try something new.  On the one hand, I was bummed that I couldn't find my tube of balm dotcom, but on the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to try a product that I've had my eye on for quite a while.

After adding cloud paint to my cart, I was feeling really good about myself.  I was super hopeful about the potential of using a cream blush for the first time ever.   Blush has been one of my biggest challenges since forever.  It never looks good on me.  And the powdery finish is too reminiscent of the 80s for my taste.  As someone with big cheeks, putting brightly hued powder only accentuates them so I stay away. But, I still wanted to experience the look of blush....just in a modern way.
@diarrhaxo wearing Cloud Paint in Haze.
Instead of looking like I have clown cheeks, I want to replicate the look of flushed, healthy skin.  Cloud paint seemed like the answer.
When package arrived, I instantly knew that I had purchased the wrong shade.  Even before applying the product, I knew it would disappear completely into my skin upon application.  And it did.

My spirit was crushed as I reached out to customer service to request a return label.

But all hope was not lost.  After taking a peek around the internet, I learned that Glossier's Haze Cloud Paint would probably be a better option for darker complexions. So I went back to try it again.  This time I crossed my fingers hoping that Haze would be my salvation.

But I was so amped to try a cream blush that I couldn't wait days for a new delivery to arrive.

So I scurried over to my makeup stash to see if I could find a way to replicate this look with what I currently own.  I found a few websites that recommended blending your favorite blush with oil and dabbing it on the cheek.  That was a flop.  Too greasy

Another recommended combining blush with lotion.  I didn't even try that idea because I knew my skin would absorb it too quickly.  Plus I wouldn't be able to produce that same hint of glow using plain moisturizer.  I played around with one idea after the next until I found a product that was a suitable substitute.
@symphanisto wearing Cloud Paint in Haze + Haloscope Quartz via @glossierbrown

I found the perfect combination of pigment with a hint of glow in the form of NARS' velvet matte lip pencils.  Don't let the name fool you.  Although they're referred to as matte pencils, they're still highly moisturizing and glide on like butter.  Since they're technically "lipsticks" there's a great color payoff.  A little goes a long way and it just melts into the skin, unlike traditional blush which tends to stay on the skin's surface.  My cheeks were rosy and flushed but it didn't look like I was wearing blush.  These creamy lip pencils aren't as glossy as cloud paint so the final result is a bit more toned down for an everyday look.

Now, I'm debating on whether I'll even need the Haze or should I continue experimenting with other creamy lip pencils in various shades. It's nice to know that I have alternatives.  Maybe I'll stick with these creme pencils for now and wear cloud paint in the winter when my skin isn't as oily.  It'll be a nice way to create dewy cheeks during the dry winter months.

If you have a few of those creamy lip pencils lying around, give this a try.  I find that nude shades don't really give off the full effect so don't be afraid to experiment with rich berry tones, reds, and pinks.



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If you wear makeup on a regular basis or watch “how to” makeup tutorials, then you probably know which makeup brush to use for concealing, applying foundation and contouring. Are you aware that you should be cleaning your brushes regularly? Washing your brushes (and sponges) should be a vital part of your beauty routine. Dirt, oil and bacteria may get trapped in the bristles, which leads to clogged pores, which in turn leads to breakouts. Also, makeup tools can sometimes be a bit pricey, so proper cleaning extends the life of your brushes, protecting your investment.

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So start your beauty regimen off right by following these quick and easy tips to deep clean your makeup brushes.

1. Dampen the brush/sponge with warm water or use shallow bowl.
2. Add a few drops of dish detergent, castile soap or baby shampoo.
3. Gently work the product into the brush/sponge.
4. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clears.
5. Lay them flat on cloth to dry.

If you would like to watch step-by-step instructions, watch these 2 tutorials below.

1. Quickest Way to Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes, by Taylor Anise
Taylor soaks her brushes first before she cleans them. She uses the Sigma Beauty Spa Express Brush Cleaving Glove to remove makeup from her brushes in this super quick and easy tutorial.



2. How to Clean Beauty Blenders & Makeup Brushes, by Kathryn Bedell
Kathryn uses coconut oil, dish soap and an antimicrobial lotion soap to clean her tools. She notes that the coconut oil is the key to the break down the of makeup.



In addition to cleaning them properly, be sure to store your tools in a spacious, clean environment. Place them in a way so the bristles are not in contact with each other. These tips will help preserve the life of your tools, but if you notice shedding, cracked handles or your make looks patchy ...then you know it is time to replace them. So, take the time to properly care for your makeup tools. Your skin will thank you for it.

How often do you clean your makeup tools? Please share below.
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Monica is a Milwaukee native, wife, mother of two, step mother of one and working professional.  In her spare time she enjoys reading,  shopping and following the current trends of natural hair, beauty and health, all while pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Leadership. You can follow her on Instagram@allbeautyandhair and Twitter @allbeautynhair.