Obsessed With Oyin! 10 Reasons I ADORE Baltimore’s Own Hair & Beauty Brand

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Oyin Handmade has established itself as one of the highest quality, most desirable, just all around cool independent hair and body care brands in the business. I’ve been hearing amazing things about Oyin since at least 2006 — did you know that the brand began 13 years ago? Yep,  it’s been over a decade since […]

My Life in a Road Trip Soundtrack

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Our first road trip was in June 2001, in a red hatchback Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. Steve and I were dating, deeply in love, about to start our lives together. I knew I wanted to do my MFA in Creative Writing somewhere. Steve wanted me to see more of America than Miami. […]

What Are Your Natural Hair Do’s and Don’ts?

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When it comes to natural hair, we create our own rules. Gone are the days where we accepted the mainstream standards of haircare. One size does not fit all when it comes to how we wash, condition, detangle, style or rock our hair. We have become a movement that is self-taught, self empowered, highly capable […]

My Mammogram Diary. What I Learned From My Breast Cancer Scare

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Normally I like to keep things positive and uplifting, light and fluffy over here on Afrobella. I see my blog as a respite, an oasis, a safe space. And it is in this safe space that I’m going to share my story even if some of this is TMI. My TMI could help someone else. […]

Lupita’s Lancôme Look – The Products Used In Her Official First Photo!

Image via Lupita Nyong'o's instagram

Since posting the news about Lupita Nyong’o’s new role as the ambassadress of Lancôme, I’ve seen quite a few misconceptions online. Allow me to address them one by one! #1 – Lupita Nyong’o is NOT Lancôme’s first ever woman of color representative. Arlenis Sosa has been a spokesmodel for the brand since 2009. Lupita is their […]

Afrobella Art – Andrea Pippins, Forever Fly

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In my corner of the blogosphere, there’s been one design and art blog holding it down from the beginning. Andrea Pippins, creator of Fly, has been sharing her vision of creative artwork and design inspirations since 2006. Her blog has personally introduced me to so many up and coming creative and fresh new aesthetic ideas, […]

Lupita For LANCOME! The News We’ve All Been Waiting For!

Lupita for Lancome! Her first official image, sent by Lancome PR

After Lupita Nyong’o burst onto the scene during awards season — stealing our hearts with her beauty and bubbly personality and making us swoon with her fashion sense – her fans became invested and truly, passionately outspoken. Lupita’s feature of her lipgloss during the Academy Awards caused the product to sell out immediately. Fans were […]