Sparking change and tackling issues regarding diversity in the beauty industry head on, is new online beauty retailer Melariche. I introduced their new website and what they're all about (curating beauty products for darker skin tones) in last week's post. As a part of their "My Melariche Story" campaign, I'll be sharing my thoughts on diversity in the industry, how it has affected me and my outlook and how it became the reason that this blog, Pretty Not Included, exists today.
Reading fiction has been a welcomed escape for me this year. I spend so much time staring at a screen that the thought of relaxing by watching TV is not all that appealing. I've grown up seeing the fun in exploring local libraries and second-hand bookshops. I discovered an online second-hand book shop called Alibris which is the source of all the books currently on my reading list. You can search for any book and they give you a list of book sellers, condition of the book and prices. It's recommended you purchase as many of the books you want from the same seller to reduce shipping costs but overall it works out to be very affordable. Sometimes you get practically new books too. It worked out that I ended up getting each of these for about £3.00 each. (P.S this isn't sponsored. I think this is a cool website and though avid readers would enjoy it).
Why do I own so many face mists? The short answer; because they're amazing. The most effortless skincare step and yet they can reap so many effective skin benefits. To hydrate, balance, brighten, soothe and refresh the skin to name but a few. At one point, I noticed that my family of face mists had expanded past my cleanser stash. I have this habit of when I see a really good or curious mist, I end up buying it. They're unintrusive and I will always find a need for them year round. I'm going to share all my current favourites.and a sneak peek at my future spritzer wish list.
When Pokemon characters move out of the screen and onto your dressing table, you know it's going to be interesting. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't just purchase a few products from Tony Moly's collaboration just because it was Pokemon. And although every part of me just wanted all the Pikachu variations, I did enforce a little sensible shopping and purchased the versions of products that best suited my skin. Following on from the hype of Pokemon Go, Tony Moly teamed up with Pokemon to create a range of products that feature many of the characters. As it stands, there are moisture creams, hand creams, foaming cleansers and a sheet mask (in Pikachu only).
I just love that term "water full". It sums up what plump, juicy skin means to me. Hydrated skin has been one of my main skincare goals this year. Of course, I still have a multitude of other concerns (blackheads, acne scarring etc.) but having nourished skin has made such a difference overall. Goodal is a new brand on my radar. I picked up a couple of their other products a few months back, pre-empting my A/W Skincare routine. Naturally, I was looking forward to giving this sheet mask a try.
Melariche (pronounced "mel-uhh-reesh") is a new online beauty retailer sparking change in the beauty industry. Founded by Jacqueline Taiwo, her aim was to create a space that curates an edit of beauty brands that cater for darker skins. I've had the pleasure of meeting Jacqueline and can vouch for how passionate she is about making a change.
In 2016, the fact that those of us with darker skin tones are still considered a "niche", not catered for by mass brands, is ridiculous. However, Melariche has set out to make a difference because nobody should have to wait for mainstream brands to catch up before wearing a foundation that matches their skin tone.
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