Uncompromising Love: Reimagining Pride and the World for Queer Black WomenBlack Queer women are deserving of love, all the time, and can not be forgotten.
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! Over the past few weeks, a surge of Black Lives Matter protests has taken place across the globe. A reaction to the anti-black, racist systems that have plagued Black Americans withstate-sanctioned brutality for decades. The swell of mass demonstrations came, specifically, as a response to the death of George Floyd, 46-year-old a Black man who was unjustly killed by apolice officer, Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s deathtriggered uproar across the U.S, as well as in countries across the world, resulting in now ongoing rallies that last deep into the night. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old-Black woman was shot to death by police in her home while she was sleeping. Taylor’s killing did not spark international outrage,her name circulated social media for a couple of days, and by the next week, the world movedon. For, Floyd the world has stopped. The striking contrast in the way love and outrage were offered immediately to George Floyd compared to Breonna Taylor is a violent and heart-wrenching example of what many Black women mean when we say that love, and who is deserving of it, has always been political. This is not to take away from the grief we all harbor for Floyd, every ounce of the anger expressed following his death is more than justified. I say all this to highlight the extra work it takes to get the world to love and care for Black women with equal capacity and without being begged to. Extra work, done by other Black women, that makes a two-month difference, sometimes years, sometimes a lifetime. Two weeks ago, this is not how I would have begun this article. But I cannot write Breonna Taylor out of a narrative that she so strongly belongs in. Nor can I escape the erasure of extreme and often fatal violence against Black trans women, who are fundamental to Queer rights as well as Black power. As a cornerstone of Pride, Black trans women like Marsha P. Johnson created space within the idea of love that allowed for Black women to be recognized as deserving. And the pride that exists today for Queer people could not exist without her and Black women like her. Reading about the stories of women like Nina Pop and Monika Diamond is a painful reminder of the second-class status continuously applied to the value of Black trans women’s lives. As a Queer Black woman, I cannot separate my pride from my sorrow for the Black women who are continuously brutalized and forgotten. I saw a tweet that quoted Shantira Jackson, a speaker from an LA protest for Breonna Taylor, who said “we measure love in the plans we make for someone’s life”. The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult, and they will continue to be as generations of people call for radical change. In the corners of my internet, and I hope yours, people are calling on us to think about the future. Waving signs that demand the defunding of police and the end of systemic oppression, people are asking us to imagine a future, a world without police. I’d like to ask that we, for Pride and for the future, widen the view. Imagine a world where Trans Black women, Queer Black Women, Black women are loved unrelentingly, fully, and while they are alive. I’ve shared the sorrows permanently embedded in my relationship with pride and blackness. And as marginalized folks, we are consistently expounding our traumas, so much so that sometimes it feels all-encompassing of our total experience. But my humanity is not chained to pain. There is so much beauty entwined in an identity that is constantly in the midst of a revolution. My greatest joy is the ability to reimagine the world again and again until love is allencompassing. I’d like to show you, through prose poetry, what my reimagined world looks like: A love that is on time. We frequent comfort in the cusp of each other’s hold. Happiness, a settled emotion in the pit of our stomachs, has been familiar for a while now. Our bodies, when seen, saunter the outside world with a presence that is innate. Our skin, brushed with the folds of dusk, interlocks with darkness to conceive a garden of wonder and discovery. There is potential in everything. Inside this home, each of our bodies creates life differently. Humanity transmitting with every touch. There are the legacies of every revolution in a kiss. A reminder of every world recreated. Black Women, in all our forms, crafting new realities that intersect the unshown with visibility. And grief. Grief a warm acquaintance of time and no longer a constant.RESEARCH/STUDIES ● http://aworldwithoutpolice.org/ ● https://time.com/5847396/france-protests-anti-racism/ ● https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/defunding-the-police-us-what-does-itmean ● https://www.advocate.com/crime/2020/3/24/trans-businesswoman-shot-death-whilebeing-treated-ambulance ● https://www.advocate.com/crime/2020/5/06/trans-woman-nina-pop-stabbed-deathmissouri ● https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/us/transgender-women-deaths.html ● https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html ● https://time.com/5847396/france-protests-anti-racism/ ● https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52928304 ● Tweet Reference: https://twitter.com/asgharthegrouch/status/1269712657914847232
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Skincare for Time-Savers – My Lazy Day Skincare Routine for Acne!
As someone that is beauty product OBSESSED – I sometimes end up with a twelve-step routine before bed. Although this is fun, sometimes I have to step back and ask myself: · Do I really need this many products? · Could too many products be actually harming my skin instead of helping? · Could I achieve the same healthy skin with less product application and significantly less money spent? A few details about my type of skin include: · European heritage · Oily-skin that is dry with the wrong products · Acne-prone skin since I was fifteen/ subsequent scarring · Fighting anti-aging and fine lines, especially around my smile and forehead. (Curse my expressive face that cannot hide any emotions!) So I asked myself – Can I get this down to three products? And voila! I selected my favorite three that I could NOT live without. When I do not feel like bringing out the entire skincare brigade – I opt for these main trusted three: 1. Herbivore’s Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask – A bit about this product includes: a. Great for a once-per-week mask b. Sometimes I use it twice per week if I’m suffering from bad acne c. The ingredients clarify using aloe (soothing) blue tansy (redness calmer), white willow bark (anti-inflammatory), all combining for a resurfacing-effect that fights bacteria. d. Contains BHAs and Salicin (an anti-microbial that kills bacteria) e. The scent is fruity and smells like herbs/aloe f. Blue tansy has a mildly-medicinal fragrance g. The texture is thick, almost like maple syrup h. A little goes a long way! i. One bottle can last me about 6-months if I use it properly j. Price: $48.00 k.Ratings: 4.5-stars out of 200+ reviews 2. Terre Mere’s Aloe and Tea Tree Toner – A bit about this product includes: a. I only recently discovered this in my Fab Fit Fun box, a subscription service that sends new beauty products to your door once per season. b. On days that I do not mask with the Blue Tansy – I only use this toner and the oil listed in #3. (If only using these bottom two products, I would use the toner first, and then follow-up with the oil on step #3, for an even more simplified routine). You should also cleanse/wash your face between toning and moisturizing, but we’re going for basics here! c. I tend to lean towards products with aloe, very calming for my skin’s redness d. The tea tree oil offers an anti-fungal property to fight harmful bacteria that clog pores e. Infused with a sulfur compound that they claim offers a collagen-boosting effect f. Vegan g. Willow bark (now that I’m researching, quite similar to the blue tansy mask indeed!) There is a reason these ingredients are used for fighting acne – they work! h. Fragrance-free - important unless the fragrances are naturally-occurring. You don’t want to clog your skin with dyes and perfumes. i. Price: $54.00 j. Ratings: None available 3. Herbivore’s Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil – A bit about this product includes: a. I love the brand Herbivore Botanicals! It is one of my all-time favorites. Not only do I trust them for clean, vegan, and highly-moisturizing products, but they also fight my breakouts like no other topical treatment ever has. b. The prices are slightly high – however, the formulas are so concentrated. I have been able to make a bottle of this last for 6-months. That is less than $8 per month. So there is no need to see your skincare as a major luxury! c. Fights redness and dullness d. Absorbs quickly e. Great for any skin type– even oily skin. That is what it’s for! If you have oily skin, stripping it of natural oils will only reinforce oil production, resulting in more breakouts. Do not fight your skin’s natural proclivity to produce oil! Okay, queens!? f. Even if you have dry or combination skin, this product will leave you feeling exceptionally moisturized without a greasy effect. g. Utilizes a blend of cannabis oil, hemp seed oil, omegas, and adaptogens h. $1 for each bottle sold is donated to help legalize cannabis for therapeutic-use and medicinal research i. The color is as the name suggests – emerald to light green j. I use about 2-3 drops per morning and night k. I gently massage it into the places that become the most inflamed (around mouth mostly) l. Price: $48.00 m. Rating: 4.5-stars out of 100+ reviews I have a few other favorites, but honestly, nothing compares to these OG three! These main three products are heavily responsible for my skin having: · Reduced redness · Less inflammation and acne · A smoother texture · A brightened glow See the before and after pictures for proof of my glow-up!
Eye Cream Is NOT A Hoax!
There is no hoax about eye cream. I’ve been seeing a lot of misinformation about how eye cream isn’t needed or it is just overpriced moisturizer. Sadly this is the spread of uneducated opinions not backed by the proper background in cosmetic chemistry. One of my goals as a Licensed Esthetician? Skin Fitness Expert, and now Cherie Creator is to empower you all to make educated decisions about your skin health and wellness by wiping away the lies and taking the BS out of the beauty industry with simple nerdy posts like this one backed in science. Let’s go ahead and chat facts about the eye area, eye creams, and how this all works so you can make your own decisions on whether eye cream is for you or not. FACT: The skin around the eyes isn’t like the rest of the face. It has no pores. FACT: Pores are the primary way that products are delivered aka get into the skin. FACT: Delivery systems are high tech skin science. They are like the SpaceX of skincare. Anyone can put products on the top of the skin. It’s the company that can get those products ingredients delivered to the exact place they needs to go without damaging anything along the way or having them lose potency that’s a rock ⭐️. FACT: Since the skin around the eyes doesn’t have pores to get product through it needs high tech science 🔬🧬 and ingredients to work on the eye area. FACT: Eye Creams are formulates especially for delivery to the eye area to repair eye issues. FACT: Eye creams aren’t miracle workers. They don’t fix genetic problems like bags, dark circles, etc. They can improve their appearance. OPINION: You may want to skip eye cream for some genetically predisposed things like dark circles which are often caused by pooling blood, poor circulation, shadowing of the upper brow ridge, and diet and try other solutions first. OPINION: Hydration can help your eye area look better! This means any moisturizing will help. Drinking more water💦 applying basic moisturizer will hydrate the top layers of the skin and make them appear better. Understand the deeper layers are not improved. It’s a temporary fix and isn’t repairing or stopping future damage. FALSE: Moisturizer is just as good around the eye area as specially formulated eye cream. TRUTH: Regular moisturizer will not penetrate the eye area skin. It will stay on the orbital bone or in the top dead layers of skin superficially as just hydration. But it most likely won’t repair anything more deeply. Specially designed delivery systems are needed to get into a pore-less area like the eyes. TRUTH: Crows feet don’t need special eye cream. This is where there’s a lot of misinformation! Wrinkles on the sides of the eyes, outside the orbital bone, is regular skin So nope you don’t need special cream per say. 😘 #cheriecreator #eyecream #anti-aging #eyeareaconcerns
Had a Late Night? 2 Quick Fixes!
We all have “those” nights. Whether it’s up late working on a school or work assignment, watching too many YouTube (or Tik Tok) videos, stressed about something, or whatever else that prevents you from having a good night of sleep, we all want to look well-rested! In addition to a splash of cold water on your face and a cup of coffee, tea, or matcha, there are 2 things I usually do to help my face and under eyes look like I got the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Puffiness and extra darkness under the eyes are common if you didn’t get a good night of sleep. An easy way to de-puff, hydrate, and instantly lift your under eyes is to use eye gels. I use the GOOD MOLECULES - Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches when I need an extra pick-me-up. They contain caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, aloe, and hyaluronic acid to firm, hydrate, soothe, and smooth. My under eyes visibly look and feel better in 10-15 minutes. These patches don’t slip and slide like many others I’ve tried. This particular product is great because they’re a good bang for your buck - $18 for 60 patches (30 uses), and I have repurchased them. I am a makeup lover so I do dot some concealer on after my skincare routine, but that’s optional! My next tip is to use some sort of brightening mask that contains vitamin C. Vitamin C will wake up your complexion and leave your skin looking glowing. I have been using the fresh - Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask (sample size) in the mornings when my skin is looking dull. This citrus marmalade smelling and looking mask is easy and fun to apply. It contains AHAs such as orange, lemon, and clementine extracts to gently smooth + glow. After about 10 minutes, my complexion looks refreshed and plumped. I like this mask a lot but won’t repurchase because Fresh is not cruelty-free. This mask retails for $62 for 3.3oz or $25 for 1oz at Sephora, but you can use any vitamin C-enriched mask you’ve got at home! Pro tip: Use the eye gels and mask together to save time! About my skin: dryyyyy and acne-prone
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The Truth About Antioxidants, Hyaluronic acid, and Salicylic Acid
As someone with very dehydrated skin on the inside but oily looking on the outside, I’ve had to deal with the effects of this type of skin for years and the way it makes me look. Dehydrated skin can look tired and fine lines and wrinkles get accentuated; you would think the fact it’s oily would counteract that, but it doesn’t. My oily skin just looks shiny and that makes everything so much worse and because I live in a hot country my skin can suffer more. I work as a makeup artist and it’s work that’s under pressure. Sometimes I’m outside in the hot sun all day; or under photographers’ lighting. This means I’m constantly hot and sweaty. My skin is expelling water from the inside of my skin to lower the outside temperature. This makes the inside dehydrated and the outside too moist. Combined with that, it’s a fact that as the temperature rises the skin produces even more oil, making me look just horrible. In desperation, I consulted a dermatologist and she advised me that to help combat these problems the only thing to do is add some active ingredients into my skincare routine, by way of products with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid. To explain what this means to you and me I’ve outlined how they work like this - Antioxidants are ingredients that block off the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the toxins that damage the skin: so pollution and sunrays, UVA and UVB, lifestyle by-products like alcohol or cigarettes. They are often found in food and always in nature and they work by anti-aging, brightening, and evening out skin texture; leaving skin radiant and glowy. An amazing product filled with antioxidants which I really love because of its gorgeous texture and easy applications is - My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Hydrating Cream CLARINS - RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream Based in both science and nature: vegan, filled with antioxidants, natural ingredients like coconut water, and goji berries, with the added bonus of eco-friendly packaging. Hyaluronic Acid is based in nature: a gel-like substance that has the capacity to soak up and keep over 1000 times its own weight in water and to put this water into your skin cells. Its purpose in beauty products is to keep your skin plump, soft, and hydrated. Used widely in skincare it’s nature’s gift to the dry and dehydrated skin type. With this in mind, a lovely product filled with hyaluronic acid I would definitely recommend because of its lovely silky texture and amazing results is - Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum CAUDALIE - Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum An ultra-light texture using concentrated grape water and hyaluronic acid to restore the level of hydration and dehydration - has 96% natural ingredients and it smells great. Salicylic Acid: this ingredient gently exfoliates away dead skin cells and oil build-up in the pores. This ingredient is highly recommended because it’s gentle enough not to dehydrate the skin, but it works well. Perfect to use on an oily T-zone or any skin that suffers from excess oil problems. My choice would always be - Dr.Brandt Skincare Pores No More-Skin Primer dr. brandt - Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer The great thing is it’s a 2 in1 product: It makes your makeup base look flawless but also helps diminish the look of pores and imperfections leaving a super-smooth canvas. Controls shine throughout the day by using salicylic acid in the form of Red Clover which has oil-absorbing spheres. Ignore all hype around these ingredients. All you need to know is that they work, and don’t be put off with the word ‘acid’ in the name. Both Salicylic and Hyaluronic acids are not actually acids as we know it but active ingredients that give the products the edge over basic skincare.
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