The Support-a-Sista Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping for that super fly someone who has everything? Is that fly person yourself? No worries. I got you. This holiday gift guide is filled with unique and practical items she would love. I can vouch for the brands and products, too, because I own, use and love them. Furthermore, each business is owned by a black woman. So, gift shopping and woman empowerment convene on this list.

1. . This Brooklyn-based company won me over with its sophisticated collection of handprinted, fashion-forward, African print head wraps. The lifestyle photoshoots around the launch of new collections are filled with style inspiration too.

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2. . I became an instant fan of this etsy seller after purchasing a handmade, off-the-shoulder top for only $20. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts, this shop is for you. From African print ornaments to throw pillows to cards, Zipped and Printed has it all.

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3. . Want a commitment-free new look? Want to eliminate bad hair days? Consider a half wig by Toni Daley. I’ve received more compliments and requests for hair tutorials on this hairstyle than any other in the history of my blog. No hair tutorial is required though. I’ve been wearing a half wig by Toni Daley.

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4. . This company delivers highly pigmented eyeshadows in thoughtfully curated palettes. Every single eye look you’ve seen on my blog in recent months has been created with this palette. I don’t use anything else.

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5. *. No matter your skin needs, Shea Moisture has the right skincare product for you. My sensitive, eczema-prone skin loves this stuff. And, I love that all the products are natural, organic, and sustainably-produced. My tried-and-true products from the line are linked below.

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* Shea Moisture was co-founded and remains majority owned by a mother and son duo.

My all-time favorite skincare products from Shea Moisture:

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Green: 8 Ways to Rock the IT Color of the Season

I can’t even contain my excitement about fall color trends this year. The colors are just so rich, vibrant, and bold. Pantone identified , a sophisticated shade of green, as a must-have color for fall. It’s been exciting to watch how green, in many shades, particularly the deeper tones, has translated into styles in stores. I thought, then, it would be fun to share 8 ways to add a little green to your style right now.

1. Find your perfect shade and rock a fancy blouse with just about anything.

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2. Pair that fancy green blouse with a complementary print like leopard.

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3. Block your favorite green with other statement hues of the season.

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4. Add a rich pop of green to any look with a fab pair of pumps.

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5. Layer a green sweater over fall basics to add interest.

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6. Pull on a pair of green pants in your favorite silhouette.

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7. Give a little cold shoulder in green.

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8. Double up on trends by rocking a green vest.

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Colorblocking to Give New Life to Fall Favorites

This fall, colors are deeper, bolder, and brighter. And, you already know that I’m loving every bit of the season’s color trends. From mustard to emerald to burgundy, I’m here for it all. The only thing I like more than wearing a bold color is wearing bold blocks of color. You see, colorblocking is a cool styling approach to refresh fall staples.

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I had to attend an event last weekend, but it got so cold that I had to rethink my outfit plan. Colorblocking saved the day because it allowed me to rock cold-weather basics while looking fresh, clean, and current.

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I topped my  (50% off today) with my go-to  (20% off today). The silhouettes and textures combined beautifully, but the colors combined magically.

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My (my crossbody bag worn as a clutch) in port adds an additional block of complementary color. And, of course, tis the season to sparkle, so I wore my glitter pumps. This pair is an older style from J.Crew. If you’re shopping for a similar style, check out  (now on sale).

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Location: Downtown St. Louis Post Office

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How to Style Leggings for any Thanksgiving Dinner

Leggings seem to garner mixed feelings among women. We either love ’em or hate ’em. I love leggings because they’re comfortable, versatile, and stylish. The trick is finding luxe pairs of leggings that can perform as pants. This Thanksgiving Day, I’ll be rocking leggings as I’ve done for many years. In fact, I believe that leggings can be styled for any Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t believe me? Here are 12 ways to nail your Thanksgiving dinner style by wearing leggings.

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My Super Easy Day-to-Night Holiday Makeup Look

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetHolidayReady #CollectiveBias

Hi, my name is Psyche, and I love matte lipsticks. But, they’re not good for my dry lips. Argh. My makeup regimen is all about a bold lip, especially during the holiday season. And, a bold matte lip has always been my preference. Since I’ve been on a journey to improving my overall skin in 2016, though, I wanted to try something different, even just occasionally, to address the needs of my lips.

I did try something new, and I’m a fan. So, today, I’m sharing how I recreate my day-to-night holiday beauty looks. Instead of my usual matte lippies, I’m using a couple shades of the . I’ve been aware of the Neutrogena Color Sticks for a minute. While I believed it was possible for these products to moisturize and condition the lips, I wasn’t convinced they could deliver rich color that’ll show on dark skin. I was so wrong.

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As a fan of all shades of plum, I purchased the  in “Plum Perfect” and “Deep Plum.” The “Plum Perfect” shade is an ideal daytime hue for me. When I first opened it, I smiled because it had a pleasant and subtly sweet smell, probably because it’s made with fruit extracts (like mango) and shea butter. The product applied really smoothly, and my lips instantly felt moisturized. And, the color payoff? Amazing!

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During the daytime, I apply my usual foundation, some concealer, a little blush, and a highlight. I’m still rocking my lash extensions, so I skip mascara, eyeliner, and even eyeshadow. The “Plum Perfect” Color Stick perfectly finishes the look.

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To easily transition this same look for an evening out, I add a little drama to my eyes by applying a dark eyeshadow in my crease. There are sixteen shades of Color Sticks, and I’m particularly fond of the bold and creamy shades. I switched my lipstick to “Deep Plum,” one of those new bolder hues. This darker lip color impressed me most. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and it’s color is intense.

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To make the darker color last a tad longer, I sometimes apply a lip pencil in a coordinating color all over the lip before topping with the Color Stick. Et voila! I’m holiday glam, and my lips feel amazing. In fact, since using the , I’ve found that my lips feel more conditioned overall.

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Since I’ve started wearing lash extensions, I have to be careful when removing my makeup. I always use a cleansing wipe, then, to safely remove most of my makeup before washing my face. The Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes get the job done.

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Icky foundation? Gone in a flash. Eye makeup? Gone in one swipe.

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The wipes have proven to be gentle enough for my super sensitive skin.

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Want to try these looks and show your lips some love this holiday season? Find all of these  products in the beauty section at Walmart. Look out for the aisle below.

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The cleansing wipes are also in the same aisle. Just look for the skin clearing section.

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