Happy 1st Birthday brownbeautytalk

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Wow, has it really been a year since we launched brownbeautytalk? It seems like yesterday I was frantically uploading content and tweaking the backend of the website to make sure that it was it perfect for the launch on 1st April 2014. So much has happened since then which has been entertaining, enjoyable and educational. We have been featured in publications such as Psychologies, Feminist Times, Black Hair and Digital Women UK and I have been invited to speak at Keziah CONNECTIONS and Premae Skincare Wonder Woman Workshop. The objective of brownbeautytalk.com is to cover beauty from the perspective of Women of Colour (WoC) and feature products by large companies as well as small and niche ones that do not get the attention they deserve. We have really enjoyed meeting up and coming beauty brand owners of colour as well as established ones who have been plugging away for many years.

It has been a real honour to see brown beauties embraced by society - brownbeauty is no longer regarded as that awkward 'thing' that brands and PRs don't understand or know how to deal with. We are seeing publications such as Cosmopolitan, Psychologies, Company, The Telegraph and The Metro covering afro hair and makeup and more WoC being featured on the cover of magazines.

The past year has been interesting to say the least. Brands such as Fashion Fair, blackUp, Flori Roberts, Clinique, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Dior and Lancome continue to produce gorgeous makeup for WoC. We are also starting to see WoC included in mainstream ad campaigns, look at British Airways and Tia Maria for a start. We have been lucky to see the birth of several beauty websites aimed at WoC; Antidote Street, Sable Beauty, doobop and the newest, Beautifully Brown. Look out for a collaboration with founder, Melanie Yvette and I shortly.

Whilst working on the website we have also had fun finding out about the skincare routine - past and present from PRs, journalists and TV presenters and peeping into the makeup bags of other beauty enthusiasts. It has been a real eye opener attending events such as the launch of Clinique's Pop-up Shop in Covent Garden, Selfridges beauty bonanza, The Beauty Project, The Women in the Jungle Show and Curlvolution.

Needless to say I have learnt a lot over the last year. Most of all it has been great working with a group of wonderful women such as Jo Gay, Tunrayo Oyewole, Jay Ejaria, Tamara Hague, Heather Cichowski, Anna Durston, Maria Tumolo, Alexandra Aallexxy, Elsie Boat, Segun Garuba, Beatrice Fatusin, Dija Ayodele and Fatima Truscott who have made brownbeautytalk what they are today. Thank you to all our readers for your continued support.

In celebration of our 1st birthday we will be running giveaways all week on the website, so keep your eyes peeled.