LGBT+ Club Culture: How (do) people of colour navigate Queer NightlifeQueer night life – inclusive or not? Starting my own nightlife platform made me understand the segregation between partiers.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!London is an incredible hub for nightlife, with many fantastic queer spots across the entire city. Nightlife, for some, is paramount and essential to their queer experience and development; meeting new people, expanding your circle. Club nights can sometimes mean the difference between building your queer foundation and not feeling like you belong. As LGBTQ+ people, we don’t have many other options and opportunities to create connections.Does everyone belong? In London, venues such as Heaven and Dalston Superstore offer amazing environments for queer people to party safely, but is it comfortable and safe for everyone in the community? As a man of colour, I had always felt the sense that these nights were never made for me, or, at least, had never had me in mind - that these institutions were built to accommodate white gay men. It’s worth noting that it’s even harder as a queer woman. Many of these venues are catered to, and for, gay men. Starting my own platformI started my platform, Queer Bruk, as a response to this feeling. I wanted to create a space that was centred around the experience of queer people of colour, to add to the few nights that already existed that spoke to Black culture. I wanted to start something that was part of a movement steered towards inclusivity. It was my own little way of bridging the gap between Afro-Caribbean music and the queer nightlife scene. Safe spaces and the development of communityMy events have given me the privilege of meeting some amazing people who value the space as a safe haven, an oasis for minorities. Isioma from London explains that ‘POC nights in the UK are important and essential for community and a feeling of comfort. Queer People of colour are a minority in the UK and often have to overcome daily obstacles to fit in. Having nights and spaces where they can be themselves and feel comfortable shouldn’t be a novelty experience, it should be a given- but it isn’t yet’. It’s clear that queer POC nights are fundamental, as there are less places for QPOC to be accepted than their white counterparts. Getting the opportunity to have an enjoyable and safe night should not be a luxury, it should be a given - and this cannot be unrecognised. For many, the racism that pervades the LGBTQ+ community shuts them out and creates a sense of loneliness. That’s why we wanted Queer Bruk to have a feeling of family. Every event we do always feels like a big family gathering, a big party filled with chosen cousins, chosen brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles. Because all of us share lived experiences, and collectively feel rejection and exclusion from the wider community, we are brought closer together. Ike explains that ‘POC nightlife spaces (especially queer ones) are super important to me. It's great to feel safe and free from judgement when I'm out partying’ – we cannot underestimate the power of LGBTQ+ spaces, their history, and their importance in the growth of a community. Equally, nights for people of colour are so important for the development and safety of black and brown queer people; preserving the intersectionality of their identities.The future of nightlife is here, and it’s growingClub culture is one of the cornerstones to the queer experience, but for many years it has failed to give space to ALL people in the community. More and more we are seeing incredible events popping up for trans people, for sober queers, nights solely dedicated to queer women. What this means is that everyone has a safe environment to party, engage with each other, and feel a sense of belonging.
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pre + post Halloween-Makeup skincare routine
Hi!! With halloween around the corner and face paints and heavy makeup inevitable, I wanted to share some products that I think would be helpful to making sure your skin stays safe and protected under makeup, and things to do post makeup to minimize irritation and acne. Besides your normal routine, here are some things you can add! Obviously I don’t suggest adding all these things in one day, but if you have some of these and you know they work for you, try it out! My skin type: sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea, combo My skin concern: redness, hyperpigmentation Pre Halloween Skincare: + FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask this is one of my favorite hydrating masks; it has a warming effect and it’s very healing. The antioxidants can protect from free radicals and provide a quick moisture barrier recovery. Use it very lightly and it washes off SO well. Smells a bit like honey. + FARMACY - Deep Sweep this toner is absolutely heavenly, it’s great for preparing your skin for incoming acne and clearing up oily skin and extra sebum. Not a lot of fragrance, which is great. This is perfect for halloween because salicylic acid is a bit photosensitive, but at night time there and under masks there is very little that could go wrong in that sense. + romer - romer Treat this product is fairly new to me, but I am very excited about it. It’s a moisturizer/treatment combo, so you can leave it on or wash it off as a mask. I prefer to leave it on; it’s very soothing and rich, so it hydrates my skin so well. Smells very fresh and also a bit like fruit! It’s made with niacinamide and prickly pear, so it’s nourishing as well as a little clarifying. Post Halloween Skincare: + PLANT APOTHECARY - Not A Spot Acne Treatment Mask you know how you can FEEL acne coming after a long day of wearing makeup or sweating or whatever? This mask is perfect for it! I usually use this as a spot treatment unless my skin is really bad - it can be drying on normal or dry skin. If you’re oily or combo, just use sparingly. It’s a powder so you have to follow the directions and mix it with water (or your favorite serum or essence or toner), I usually just do water, and then it’s like a paste! Not much of a smell, but I do like the gentleness of it. + SNP - Cicaronic Sheet Mask after acne masks or clay masks, I like to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask to soothe and calm my skin. This one is perfect - made with centella asiatica aka cica - and the sheet mask actually fits my face for the first time ever! This will add some hydration back into your skin post acne/clay mask and prep for the rest of your routine. Smells like fresh cut grass!
EXFOLIATING ACIDS & How Not To Overdo It!!!👀✨💖
Exfoliating acids are everywhere now and so many new products are about exfoliating the skin to “reveal brighter, smoother skin”. In the age of exfoliating now, it’s so easy to overdo and can easily result in harming the skin instead. Here are my favorite exfoliating acids (and products) and how I use it so I don’t damage my skin! Lactic Acid: A super gentle acid that exfoliates the top layer of skin and removes dead skin cells. I find this to be the most gentle of the acids and can be used everyday. I love fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence because I use it as an essence treatment. This is a liquid formula that easily sinks into the skin and “primes” the skin for the next products. It’s also a hydrating formula! Azelaic Acid: Another more gentle exfoliating acid that helps improve the appearance of blemishes and fade post-acne marks. I love this PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster because it can be mixed into your moisturizer and boost the effectiveness. I love that this speeds up the healing process of my acne marks because then I get clearer skin quicker! Salicylic Acid: One of the most effective exfoliating acids for treating and preventing acne! It exfoliates deep into the layers of skin and removes dead skin cells. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator is a super strong and effective formula that I like to use when I’m breaking out A LOT. It’s too harsh on my skin to use daily but once a week is fine. I also love LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin which I use every night to wash my face. It’s just as effective and not too strong for daily use because it’s a wash off product and doesn’t stay on the skin. Glycolic Acid: Easily one of the strongest and deeply exfoliating acids out there. I find it super effective as a night serum like DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum or as a scrub like ALPHA-H - Micro Super Scrub with 12% Glycolic Acid . I use these products 2 times a week just to keep my skin free of congestion and to maintain the texture of my skin.
Skincare Snacks: Almonds & Kale 🥬
Time for another installment of SKINCARE SNACKS: A little series where I talk about different foods we can incorporate into snacks & meals that benefit our skin✨ Swipe through for a quick run down on the skincare benefits. 🌸ALMONDS: Almonds trees were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees. Native to Iran, the oil of the Sweet Almond is used topically for both skin & hair due to its moisturizing & hypoallergenic properties. Almonds are used nutritionally as well for their energizing protein, fiber & healthy fats like Omega 3 & 6. In addition to these essential fatty acids, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E & Polyphenols. ⭐️Eating raw Almonds is best to get all the health benefits. Roasted nuts, on the other hand, may contain fewer Antioxidants & Vitamins, & some of their healthy fats may also become damaged. ✨A recent study conducted at UC Davis found that wrinkle width decreased by 10% while wrinkle severity reduced by 9% after a 16 week trial of post-menopausal women who ate approx 60g of Almonds, compared to the controlled group who ate a nut-free snack of equal caloric value, with no significant changes in skin barrier function between groups. Check the slides for more info. 🥬KALE: Topically, Kale extract increases cell turnover, prevents free radical damage & detoxifies the skin. Its rich in Vitamins A, B, C & K content, as well as Antioxidants & Phytonutrients. It promotes collagen production, & could also help reduce dark circles. Kale is also rich in protein, high in fiber & Vitamin B6, & has minerals like Potassium, Manganese, Calcium, Copper & Magnesium. 🥗 I added a lil salad recipe if you’re looking for a way to get started with Kale 🍽🥬 ⚠️Kale is also lists highly in the US for being contaminated with pesticides, so definitely wash it thoroughly!💦💚 ⚠️If you have an underactive Thyroid, it might not be a good idea not to consume too much Kale. It contains a compound called Progoitrin, which if consumed in very high amounts, can interfere with Thyroid hormone synthesis & essentially block the Iodine your Thyroid needs to function, which can result in fluctuating blood sugar levels.
Halloween Ideas: Bratz (yes again) Part 3 💋🎃
Can you tell that I’m obsessed with Bratz tehee This look is simpler than the other I had posted before this so I wanted to put this here for those who are looking for an easier way! This is technically a cut crease still but there’s only one color for the base! I used Take Me Back To Brazil for the vibrant blue color!! I like to put eyeshadow primer on a flat brush to cut my crease or you can use concealer if you want! I think concealer is def easier cuz the consistency is a lot smoother!! For the eyeliner, I used the NYX Epic Ink liner to do my regular eyeliner! I did add an extended part into my crease to really give that dramatic effect aka Bratz style 💁🏻♀️ #CheriePartner
How is a dark spot formed?
Hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) is something everyone deals with. It can happen at any time to anyone. The most common cause of hyperpigmentation is sun damage but it can also occur from stress, inflammation, acne, or health concerns in general. To understand how a dark spot is formed you have to understand a few terms. Melanocytes are melanin producing cells that are in the bottom layer (you have 5) of your skin’s epidermis (the outer layer above the dermis). Whatever the cause is it triggers hormones to stimulate the melanocyte. This causes the melanocyte to product melanin (pigment). As the melanin travels up the 5 layers of your epidermis it will form a melanin cap as it deposits into the outermost layer. This deposit is what we consider a dark spot. How do we fix this? There are a few ways we can prevent or fix this. Firstly, WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! Protection is key in skincare. Currently I’m using the KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 which is a gel probiotic sunscreen. It has a peach tint that goes clear once applied. This mineral sunscreen doesn’t feel heavy or give a white caste making it perfect for all skin tones. It also gives the skin a little bit of a natural glow. With sun damage being the major cause of hyperpigmentation this will be your key player in prevention. Another route to go is exfoliation. I use the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week to help shed that outer layer of dead skin. I have other reviews where I go more in depth into this product but for the purpose of this post AHAs will help exfoliate the outer layer of skin which helps to lighten the pigment deposit. This mask is very strong so I would only use it once a week. It should tingle but it shouldn’t burn. Please only follow up with hydrating and sensitive friendly ingredients as your face will be more sensitive after use. And finally you can use skin brightening products. Currently I’m using the GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum . This serum highlights a form of tranexamic acid and 4% niacinamide to help brighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and sun damage. This serum has a little bit of a slip compared to most others I’ve used but once worked into the skin it absorbs nicely. I’ve seen huge results in the brightening of post acne hyperpigmentation. Another amazing option for this is The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% . This has a cream formula that can be used all over the face or concentrated in certain areas. This this acid helps the skin renew itself more quickly reducing blemish formation. It also kills the bacteria that cause acne. It also contains brightening agents to help with pigmentation. Personally, I think all three should be incorporated into a routine to treat unwanted pigmentation spots but sunscreen and exfoliation are the most important.
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