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Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

There are a million reasons to love the summertime. Not only is it the season of ice cream and minimal clothing, but it’s also the time of year when our favorite brands release exciting collections in time for the hot months. And there’s arguably no collections we look forward to more than summertime makeup collections.

But like most major brands, many makeup collections are predominantly owned-and-operated by rich white men, which can be problematic if you’re trying to be more conscious about using your dollars to support women of color entrepreneurs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of new summer makeup collections in which women of color are the ones who are calling the shots. Check out the collections below and be sure to have your wallet ready!

1. Beauty Blender’s Limited Edition Yellow Sponge for Pride

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On June 1st, Latina-founded makeup company BeautyBlender launched a limited-edition lemon-yellow blending sponge called “Joy” in honor of Pride Month. Hurry and buy it before it runs out!

2. Vive Cosmetics Cremosa Matte Lipstick in “Rosita”

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Latina owned-and-operated company Vive cosmetics is releasing a new “muted rose pink” shade of their Cremosa Matte lipstick called “Rosita”. It currently retails of $17. Hurry up and snatch a tube before it sells out!

3. Melt Cosmetics “Impulsive” Pressed Pigment Palette

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Co-founded by Latina businesswoman Lora Arellano, Melt Cosmetics just released its Impulsive Eye Shadow Palette for Summer. It is described as a “18-shade palette” that “features two sides that tells the story of Melt Cosmetics and the customers who made this dream a reality”. Buy it here for $65.

4. Rizos Curls “Refresh and Detangle Spray”

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This Latina owned-and-operated natural hair line recently released an award-winning curl-refreshing spray just in time for the Summer heat. Buy it here for $19.99.

5. Reina Rebelde’s “The Perfect Labios Kit” by @Viva_Glam_Kay

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The “Makeup for Today’s Latina” brand is owned-and-operated by Latina businesswoman Regina Merson. Recently, she collaborated with Puerto Rican vlogger and makeup artist Kay-Lani Martinez to release an exciting makeup collection called “The Perfect Labios”. Buy it here.

6. Fenty

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On May 10th, Rihanna-owned beauty line Fenty launched a Summertime collection that included Satin Lipstick, Vivid Liquid Eyeliner, Lip Balm and a Lip-Loving Scrubstick. You can browse the new collection here or buy them at any Sephora location.

7. Lipmatic “Lipshines” Collection

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Black-owned cosmetic line Lipmatic is releasing their LipShines collection on June 15th. Buy the collection here.

8. Juvia’s Place “I Am Magic Foundation”

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Black-owned cosmetic company Juvia’s Place will be launching their “I Am Magic” foundation line. The product will be available in 42 shades and four undertones. Buy it here.

9. Ella’s Eve

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Latina-owned indie makeup startup Ella’s Eve Cosmetics is releasing new lipstick shades “Forever”, “Sweet”, “Melissa”, and “Naked” in time for the summer. Buy them here.

10. Huda Beauty “Neon Obsessions” Palette

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Not only is Iraqi-American makeup mogul Huda Kattan constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to new ideas and new products, but she’s an incredible example of what a WOC is capable of when it comes to business. Most recently, the makeup world is abuzz with her newly-released “Neon Obsessions ” eye shadow palette. You can buy the collection here.

11. Pat McGrath Blitztrance Lipstick in “Full Fantasy”

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Pat McGrath is a legend in the beauty industry. In 2015, she officially launched her makeup brand, Pat McGrath Labs which is now the premiere makeup line owned by a black woman in the US. Her most recent Blitztrance lipstick shade, “Full Fantasy” is a “mid-tone nude rose lit up with a golden sheen”. Buy here.

We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

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We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

Graduation ceremonies are a little slice of life and society. Behind every cap and stole there are stories of heroism and struggle not only involving the graduates but often having to do with their parents. Moms and dads all over the world have done their best to see their children enjoy better opportunities in life. As the value of labor has shifted from privileging manual work and trades to giving more to those who work with information, traditional occupations such as farming have been affected by a decline in wages and by the crushing shadow of big companies (nowadays it is very hard for any farmer to subsist on their own). That is why stories that involve farmer parents seeing their kids graduate from university are so inspiring. If you have worked in the fields as a picker or even if you have done some gardening under the blistering sun you know how much of a toll working in a field can take on your body. If you haven’t, look to a father’s or uncle’s or Abuelo’s hands and focus on the callous surface that endless hours of working with la tierra has done to the skin. Every wrinkle tells a story of survival and proud trabajo

In honor of farmers worldwide, and to celebrate Farm Workers Day, we have chosen some inspirational snippets of life featuring graduates and their farmer parents, who worked with their hands so their offspring’s mind could thrive. There are not enough ways to say gracias, are there? 

This graduate who honors her farmer parents

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Merced Anna Ocegueda is a Latina college senior who graduated from University of California, Merced, earlier this year. This 22-year-old psychology major posted this picture on Twitter. As they say, una imagen dice + que mil palabras. Her parents are still wearing their picking equipment. Her post went viral and soon newspapers started knocking in the door. Ocegueda told The Fresno Bee: “My parents came here for a better future and a better life for their children. “The educational opportunities weren’t great. My parents encouraged me to better my education so I wouldn’t have to work in the fields like them.” 

For Selena Huapilla-Perez graduation she dressed up in her cap and gown and posed in the fruit fields alongside her parents to honor their sacrifice as farmers. ⁣

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In a post about her gruadtion, Huapilla said “I always tell my parents, my sisters and brother that this belongs more to them than to me.” This year she graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. ⁣

This recent grad went above and beyond to make her dreams come true, thanks to her hard work, and her parent’s struggles.

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Erica Alfaro, a 29-year-old, dedicated her master’s degree with her parents and celebrated with a powerful photoshoot where they work.

This Brazilian queen who thanked her farmer parents during her graduation ceremony

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It is a moment worthy of a few tears. A Brazilian student stops the party, descends the stairs and calls her parents. Everyone claps. They all know that her family is de origen humilde and that they have moved Heaven and Earth for her to be there. You can watch this tender and empowering moment here

Farmer parents sure teach some good ethics and excellent saving skills

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If precarious conditions can teach you anything is that you gotta take care of what you got. Farming is such a serendipitous occupation (a flood or a tornado can wipe out the years harvest and any earnings for the coming months, as many farmers have recently experienced throughout our climate-change-stricken planet), that those que trabajan en el campo know that life is better with no debt. What a great lesson. Hard work, dedication. 

De tal palo tal astilla

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So who is proud of who? The farmer father who sent his son to college or the son whose father sent him? Well, it is both. Struggle can either bring people closer together or split them apart. We hope it is always the latter. 

Can you spare a minute and read this amazing story?

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India is a country where social mobility is almost impossible. Many regions of the Southeast Asian country still live under a caste system that basically translates in zero opportunities for those who are born with nothing or with very little. That is why this story from the amazing storytelling collective Humans of Bombay is so powerful. It is the story of a father who had to migrate to the city from his farming village. There, he leads a simple life but makes sure his son goes to university. The son’s attitude will melt your heart. Does the story sound familiar? We are sure it resonates with many Latino families across the United States. 

The son of a Filipino farmer who got a full scholarship at Harvard

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The Philippines is one of the most unequal countries in the world, an impoverished nation that up until today has failed to keep up with other Asian economies. As much as 15% of Filipinos work overseas as domestic workers or construction workers. Those who live in the country need to work extra hard just to make ends meet. So the story of Romnick Blanco, the son of a rice and vegetable farmer, is the stuff that dreams are made of. He received a full scholarship to study at Harvard after excelling at his high school in Manila. By the way, he had to cross a river every single day to go to school

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His father was a cocoa farmer and his mother sold coal, he is now a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania

 
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Conditions for farmers in Africa are tough, as multinational corporations pay low wages for prices products such as cocoa.  Shadrack Osei Frimpong is a Ghanian dynamo who excelled at school and made his way to the United States. He is now giving back to his community, establishing a tuition-free girls’ school in his village. What an inspiring young man. Those who succeed despite a tough beginning are often the most generous and amazing human beings. African youth face many challenges, including guerrilla warfare, human trafficking and disease, so it is amazing to see ow someone from a rural area could actually work towards better conditions not only for himself, but for his whole community. 

Last but not least, this Indonesian son of farmers who graduated from Columbia University in New York City

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Robinson Sinurat is the fifth child of a family of seven. His parents did not finish their schooling because of financial struggles, so the odds were stacked against Robinson. He knew that he wanted to study physics, so he borrowed money from a friend to pay for university fees in Indonesia and ate only once a day. After graduating from college he worked in an NGO in the capital city of Jakarta, where he started studying English to apply for graduate school. His academic and professional accomplishments caught the eye of Columbia… and the rest, as they say, is history. You can read all about his improbable journey here.

This hombre hermoso from Thailand whose dirty clothes speak of a tough life

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The contrast is striking. This Thai farmer almost looks shy in front of the camera. The moraleja is clear: be very, very thankful for everything that your parents have done for you. 

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