With over 15 years in journalism and marketing, Ronke has worked for a wide variety of companies in the B2B and B2C sector. When not editing brownbeauytalk she works as a freelance digital marketing consultant. She describes herself as a lover of books, films and TV who is obsessed with skincare and all things pretty. Her favourite beauty products are; her MAC Tablet lipstick because it is the closest shade to brown that she can find, DHC mascara because it has an amazing wand and leaves her lashes with a velvety feel and the Bobbi Brown foundation which she loves, loves, loves because it leaves her skin feeling silky and luminous. When she is going out she needs to have mascara and lipstick or lipgloss on or she feels naked. Overall she cannot live without lip balm, she needs this item in her life.
A beauty junkie with over 25 years experience purchasing mass market, high end and pro products, Jo is a beauty outlier and purple fanatic who blogs at Patent Purple Life. She describes herself as a #cleanseaholic with a purple obsession. She loves skincare items such as cleansers, serums and body oils, but her favourite make up items are… P U R P L E. Her favourite beauty items are Jane Scrivner Cleansing Balm (which can also be used as a moisturiser and a face mask – multifunctional see what she did there!!!!) and Illamasqua ESP (purple) Lipstick.
Alexandra is a CBT therapist by day and beauty blogger by night. Aallexxy is where she writes about all things beauty related, including make-up, haircare and skincare topics. Her favourite beauty products are base products, foundations and concealers, her favourite at the moment being Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer due to its versatility and shade range. It can be used as concealer, tinted moisturiser or medium to full coverage foundation and the tiny pot lasts for ages. The beauty product she cannot live without has to be SPF, it’s so crucial even for us brown beauties, among other things it protects and prevents hyperpigmentaton which is her main skincare issue. Her favourite at the moment is the Cane and Austin Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen SPF 50 because it offers high protection, is lightweight, doesn’t leave a white cast and sits well under make-up.
Heather is a fashion and beauty writer who also writes her blog, Dress Decoding. She describes herself as someone who is obsessed with manicures, though she prefers to do them herself rather than go to the salon. Heather finds it hard to pick her favourite beauty products because she loves to try different things, however she has yet to find a Marc Jacobs Perfume that she doesn’t like. She also loves Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover because it actually works and there’s no cotton wool required. The beauty items she cannot live without are sunscreen and lipbalm because no other makeup will look good if you have peeling, sunburnt skin and dry, flaky lips.
You can contact her on Twitter @dressdecoding
A beauty insider and skincare obsessive, Segun has extensive experience of working as a PR and Marketing Consultant in the fashion and beauty Industry. After spending her awkward teenage years struggling with bad skin, she threw herself into working in the industry and learning the secrets of all things beauty. This led to her founding her blog Lotions Potions and Me as a way to share meaningful beauty, skincare and motivational posts for modern women everywhere. Her favourite beauty products are Biologique Recherche P50 Toner, an acid exfoliator (not as scary as it sounds I promise) that leaves your skin baby smooth and blemish free. As well as Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, which is an amazing decongesting mask, that leaves your skin glowing. When she’s not test driving beauty products you can find her reading a good book alongside copious amounts of tea and cake in a café somewhere.
Maria describes herself as a Trinidadian born Surrey based wife and stay at home mum to two children. In a previous life, (before children) she has a first degree in Literature and her career history spanned from Library Technician to Administrative Assistant in Further Education. She now manages her personal blog The Tiger Tales. She started the blog to chronicle milestones in the life of her son, who was born in the Year of the Tiger, on the Chinese calendar. He’s of Chinese, Italian and Afro Caribbean descent (like her daughter). However these days she also explore topics such: as parenting as an expat, family experiences as a mixed heritage family, fashion, food. The way to her heart is a Trini Chicken Dalpuri Roti. On her blog she also share her beauty finds and what works for her. She is fanatical about good skin and began having regular professional facials from the age of 25 years. Strangely enough, she is a late bloomer in the makeup department but now can’t get enough. She is a huge fan of MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Powder and packed in her hospital bag, when she went to give birth. However, as a busy mum her prized products are the multi-taskers. She maintains the ping in my natural curls with Beunique Shea Bliss 3 in 1 Deep Conditioner and her all over glow is down to Pure Coconut Oil. She can’t live without Coconut Oil; it takes prime position in her kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. It’s a naturalista’s dream.
Beatrice is a third year Journalism student, studying at the University of Roehampton. She intends to pursue a career as a magazine journalist after her degree. Though she has recently just started her career, she is working towards leaving her mark in the magazine industry and has completed work experience with teen magazine Top of the Pops and is also currently working with digital lifestyle magazine, NU People. She describes herself as having a slight obsession with YouTube personalities and out of a long list, her favourites are Patricia Bright, Shirley B Eniang, Jennie Jenkins, Jennifer Olaleye, Chanel Boateng and Grace Ajilore. Even though she is not much of a beauty or makeup junkie, sites such as these help inform her regarding the various products out there. She loves the Sleek i-Divine Palette as it offers a range of a shades whether it be for a more natural or dramatic look. She states lip balm is the one item that must always be in her handbag. She loves Maybelline’s Baby Lips, especially in Cherry Me and Pink Punch as they provide moisture with a touch of colour and also Marks and Spencer’s Lemon Moisturising Lip Balm as it smells absolutely delicious. In her spare time she also write at her self named blog.
You can contact Beatrice on Twitter.
is a recent science graduate with an obsession with hair and beauty products. She would describe herself as a product junkie – she loves trying new products Her favourite products? Well that’s hard to say but she really like good deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners for her hair, Curl Harmony has this amazing Intensive Deep Conditioner that she adores and Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner works excellent on her hair. She also loves a good highlighter for her face and her favourite at the moment is the Sleek Makeup Highlighter in the Contour Kit. She can’t live without her Body Shop Face Mists and her trusted wide tooth comb for detangling her hair.
Anna has been a lover of makeup since a teenager where she spent her years pouring over the pages of Just 17. She has been a freelance makeup artist and hairdresser for over 15 years and has worked for Cosmopolitan, Woman and Home, Good Housekeeping and many other leading women’s magazines. She has also made up the faces of Meera Syal and Tamsin Outhwaite, for Marie Claire. Anna has a real passion for eye makeup; she loves the colours and strong pigments in Sleek Palettes at the moment, and always wears her flicked eyeliner and eyebrow pencil – even if the call time for work is really early. She is always searching for the perfect Curl Cream and is currently using Paul Mitchell’s Curls Full Circle Leave-In Treatment and Phyto’s Glossing Cream. She cannot live without MAC Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner, MAC Spiked Eyebrow Pencil, and PapayaGold PAW PAW Moisturising Balm for dry lips.