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You’re Spending All Your Money on Makeup

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You know when you were growing up and your mom took one look at you before you left the house and said “¿Así vas a salir?” Well, you can blame her for spending tons of money on shimmery eyeshadow and fancy mascara.

Yup, looking great comes at a high price. Mint.com estimates women in the U.S. spent an average of $15,000 on makeup alone in a lifetime. I’m sorry, what?! Yup, that’s a car! A year of college tuition! And the price of not disappointing your mother or your squad.

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What’s worse is that most of what we pay for is not necessarily the quality of the makeup. We pay for marketing, the fancy packaging, and all those “free” testers you see at the store.

Stop spending and start saving money by knowing exactly what you want. If you want a long, lasting mascara, choose one that’s designed for that. If you want an all-day lipstick, you guessed it, choose one that’s designed to last all day.

Read more about why women are spending so much money on makeup here.

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Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, businesses all over the island were devastated by the destruction. Some were able to reopen months, to a year later, while others had to close for good. While more established businesses such as resorts and restaurants had backing to get back on their feet, it was the independent companies that struggled to reopen. Necromancy Cosmetica, however, is thriving after resuming business as usual.

Puerto Rico-based Necromancy Cosmetica a gothic makeup company was closed for four months after Hurricane Maria.

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In an interview with Remezcla, Necromancy Cosmetica owners Desiree Rodríguez and Salvador Pérez talked about their joint venture which has a large social media following. The couple launched the brand four years ago but they said they almost had to shut down their store after the hurricane.

“The store was full of mold. It was total chaos,” Rodríguez told the publication. She adds that they had “like two free days. We got to work before we even knew how our families were doing. My family is from the west side of the island, and I didn’t hear from them for almost three weeks.”

The couple said that they had help locally, and abroad during the rebuilding process. They were able to sell their product online while they continued to work on reopening.

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Like many local businesses after the hurricane, Necromancy Cosmetica has survived because of loyal and proud Puerto Rican customers. While many people might think of colorful and tropical scenes when they think of Puerto Rico but the goth community needs representation. Just because you live on an island doesn’t mean you will look like you live on an island.

Puerto Rico’s economy is struggling as the island continues to recover from a storm that devastated everything and everyone. As the Puerto Rican economy tries to build up, it is the local stores like Necromancy Cosmetica that are giving the island the support it needs. The company might not be donating money to the recovery effort but pumping their money into the local economy creating a stream of tax revenue that the government relies on.

The owners take pride that their makeup line is vegan and cruelty-free.

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If you need more reason to check out the company, how about their stance for animals?

“These and all other Necromancy Cosmetica brand lipsticks are made with 100% vegan materials that have never been tested on animals, that means you can rest easy knowing that your wicked lips will always be on the up-and-up if you decide to join the Necromancy cult,” reads the Necromancy Cosmetica website. “Des and Zal work hard from their crypt in Puerto Rico to fulfill all the orders themselves and have high hopes for their independently owned, produced, and distributed non-liquid lipsticks. So take a look at their witchy works and get inspired.”

Necromancy Cosmetica is located at 59 Calle Arzuaga Local #3 Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Click here for more information on the products.

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Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

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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.

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