Happy National Blog Posting Month – celebrating the WOC #bblogger!


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November has been hailed as National Blog Posting Month!

The US organisation BlogHer launched the initiative to encourage non-bloggers to get on board the blogging train (because it is fun fun fun)!

I want to thank the Voice Online for selecting me as one of their Best Black British Bloggers for 2013 in celebration of NBPM. This was a wonderful surprise and coming off the back of my Precious Awards Blogger of the Year nomination made it more the humbling!
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Once again, I want to thank you all for your continued support.

I am dedicated to representing the Black British woman in a positive light and to utilise this platform to challenge the stereotypes and the status quo that will continue to persist unless a stand is taken to refute them!

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My blog and my outlook has evolved immensely since I embarked on this journey back in 2011 and I have fully embraced the opportunities that my blog and my other social media platforms have afforded me – especially those of being able to quiz and interrogate the key influencers and decision makers in the beauty industry and mainstream media with regards to the needs of the Woman of Colour and to inform my followers of the amazing products and services that are available to them that are often eschewed by the aforementioned media machines.

A recent Twitter exchange with L’OrΓ©al Paris is a case in point…

Back in September, I wrote about the launch of L’OrΓ©al Paris’ Color Riche Collection PrivΓ©e, a collection of nude lipsticks suitable for ALL skintones and was looking forward to trying out the Liya Kebede shade – the one product in the range suitable for a darker skin tone. However, since the launch this shade has NOT been available to purchase from Boots (the exclusive retailer), either online or instore.

My fellow #blackbblogger @PatentPurple raised this with the brand and was informed that the shade would be available in mid October, but lo and behold, as we cross the half way mark of the month of November the shade is still not available!

I then decided to take the brand to task as well..


…and was informed that ….

…even though as @PatentPurple rightly pointed out….


I have asked the brand for the reasons for the delay as I want to be fair and let them have their say!

For me, it is imperative that I use my my blog and platforms to speak out and…and the amazing thing is that the digital space allows this to happen more readily than any time other time in history.

One a chirpier note, I have waxed lyrical about the wonderful community of Black #bbloggers I have had the privilege to become a part of and last Tuesday evening we reconnected again for the @FashionFairUK’s #SayYes Party, which was held at the new Fashion Fair counter in the recently refurbished Debenhams Oxford Street Beauty Hall, in celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary.

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It was great to catch up with Louisa aka Afroblush, Ronke aka Ondolady, Jo aka Patent Purple Life, Segun aka LotionsPotionsandMe and Annie aka Epiphannie A.

Each on of these lovely have championed Beauty for the Woman of Colour on their blogs/platforms, Annie’s definitive guide to foundations for darker skintones is a must have resource and Ronke instigated the weekly Twitter #brownbeauty chat with fellow #bblogger Gina aka Naturalbelle after finding that the standard #bblogger chat was somewhat hostile to discussing issues that pertain to the WOC.

The Fashion Fair evening was informative, the new General Manager Connie Jackson (a Chicago native and ex venture capitalist < fire!), was also in attendance. Connie and the FF team have been working relentlessly over the past year to improve the counters, staffing and stock levels across the country, so going forward you can expect a more cohesive experience in store or online.

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The product is AMAZING and I will be updating you more about some of the items I tried out in a future post – Fashion Fair’s head trainer Delita Santos worked her magic on my face and I LOVED the result, so I will let you know what she used and her application technique very soon!

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I just wanted to round of this post in ode to my fellow #blackbbloggers! They are creative, dedicated, passionate and articulate – the eptiomy of the Black British woman who is so rarely represented in the mainstream.

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Check out my Pinterest board featuring my favourite British WOC #bbloggers and #fbloggers. If you think I am missing anyone do let me know…and if you are feeling inspired to give blogging a go…

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