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New Things in Old Places

New Things
Hey Queens. I’m still getting my groove back when it comes to blogging again, but I wanted to share more about what you can expect and the direction this space will take. I hope you’ll all continue to follow along, but if not, no love lost. Promise. If there is one this to be said for this oversaturated, hyper connected, sea of content that we call the internet it’s that you MUST practice the art of taking what you need and leaving the rest. It’s life changing. So what can you expect here on This Brown Queen?

Natural Beauty | Soulful Living | Conscious Motherhood | Health + Wellness

Natural Beauty: If you’ve been around here the past couple of years, you know this blog originally started as a beauty blog. I had some lifestyle stuff sprinkled in but for the most part I was writing about beauty for brown girls. Beauty is still very much a passion for me–so much so that I have my own makeup and skin care line for brown girls–but my love for it has changed a bit. I’ll continue to share beauty posts but it will be much more natural focused. And as for natural hair, while I’m no longer a loose natural, I’m so in love my loc journey so I’ll be sharing as I go. Speaking of which, I’m co-hosting a green beauty + natural hair Twitter chat on March 1st at 7est. #cluelessbeauty Join us!

Soulful Living: The biggest change is that this blog will be much more lifestyle focused than it’s been in the past. When I fake started that other blog {insert side eye}, it was because I felt the need for a lifestyle blog but didn’t want to disrupt this space. But, lifestyle is really what I love writing about. But why soulful living? Well, I’m working on exactly what soulful living means to me in my home, work, spirituality and daily life so you’ll see many of my lifestyle posts focused on that part of my journey.

Conscious Motherhood: My parenting style is evolving as I do. Do you realize how difficult it is to parent when you’re still trying to discover yourself? If anyone can relate, please, let me know so we can talk about it. Our journey of conscious parenting is a long–and difficult–one. I want to share as I’m learning, what’s working, what’s not, and all the wonderful discoveries along the way. That can include everything from homeschool discoveries to how we celebrated Kwanzaa this year.

Health + Wellness: The last piece of the puzzle–which probably should be the first–is taking care of myself. With 30 so close I can feel it (literally, everything hurts) my health and wellness is a major priority. This is new to me. Healthy eating, exercising, whet? But I have to make some changes. I’ve recently switched to a dairy-free diet–crying real tears on that one–and have been experimenting with more whole foods and organic options. So yes, you’ll be getting my chia oatmeal and blueberry muffin recipes here as well :).

So here’s to new beginnings in old spaces. ~xoxo

I trust my creative process and embrace its depth and dimensions.

Life

Love Thyself + Trust the Process

Tyshia Shante
I have to say my 29th year of life has been the most transformative thus far. I mean, aside from the arbitrary ideas that come along with 30 steadily approaching–feelings of where I should be, what my bank account should look like, what LIFE should look like–there’s been something much bigger going on. Something deeper. Subconscious even. I didn’t expect to go through so many changes this year. It’s like everything I had come to know, everything I thought I wanted to be, shit…everything I thought I was…was challenged. But in a good way. A way that I needed to be challenged. A way that I needed to experience so I could begin to peel back the layers of this persona and get to know the real me.

At a few months shy of my 30th birthday, I’ll be honest to say that I didn’t really know who I was for a long time. Still don’t if we being real here. Oh, but I’m learning. I know it’s trendy, cliche even, to use the term “woke”. Everybody’s woke these days. But, lowkey, it’s fitting. The past decade, chile yes I said a whole decade, I’ve kind of just reactively gone with the flow. I’ve never been a really questionable, skeptical kinda girl (aside from the times my intuition has blatantly told me “girl this ain’t right”). I was primarily raised in a family of the same. I had some really tough experiences in my early twenties but still, nothing too eye opening. Nothing too life changing. It wasn’t until my mid/late twenties when I started to embrace the complexities, the quirkiness, the afrocentricity, and the spirituality within me that I had always, subconsciously, suppressed.

I don’t know exactly what caused it. I’m sure it was a number of things. Meeting my husband introduced me to a world of art and culture I never knew existed. He helped me unlock the creativity that I had hidden inside, pushed to the back of my consciousness. Blogging and social media introduced to communities of women who were like me and different from me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. There were a few other things that I’m sure contributed–making my own career path, transitioning to natural hair, growing in marriage, and motherhood. Regardless of how it started, this period of awakening over the past couple years brought me to the interesting space I am now.

And I’m just scratching the surface. I’m just now figuring out what it is I want–in this moment. I added that last bit because I’m aware that life is fluid, it’s a journey, and things will change. But, I’m learning what it is I want, who I am, what’s important to me, what I like, what I believe, what I want to teach my children. I’m learning. Everyday.

I’m envisioning the woman that I would love to become but I’m not her yet. And that’s OKAY. I’m a work in progress, but that doesn’t take away from the Queen that I am right now. 

~xoxo

I love that woman that I am, the one I was, and the one I will become.

Life

Let’s Talk about It

Let's Talk about ItPeeks in…is this thing on? Hey hey Queens. So…shall we address the elephant in the room? Where have I been??? It’s a long story and I’ve been procrastinating for awhile but I’m ready. Grab your wine or some coffee and let’s talk about it.

January 2016 – Around the last time you heard from me

Whew. It was A LOT going on. I quit my job. After blogging here for three years, I was able to build a somewhat stable freelance writing career writing for a few beauty magazines and websites. logistics-wise things were changing drastically at work. Not to mention, I had been having a hard time juggling a full time job, three kids, an increasing workload, and general life responsibilities. I was always stressed. Always rushed. Always upset. My body was giving me hard signals that I needed to change things and soon. So, I did. And full transparency: there was no financial safety net and no star studded roster of clients. There was only God, faith, and ambition.

I landed a pretty big freelance contract days after my last day of work. Let me tell you how writing the vision and doing the work can work out for you–insert praise hands emoji. I had set some financial and business goals at the beginning of the month and I wrote the amount I needed to make each month from freelance work to reach it. That contract was the amount. To the dollar.

February 2016 – That time I fake started a new blog

In hindsight, I should have known better. I had just made one huge change in my life, that should have been enough for the moment. But, with all my energy now focused on freelance beauty writing, I felt I didn’t have anything left to say–here. I wanted to switch gears and make this a lifestyle space but…I didn’t follow my gut. Which I should have. So instead I started a whole new blog. One focused on lifestyle and motherhood. I had monetized this blog a bit, but three years into the game I knew so much more and I had big dreams for the new blog. Spoiler alert…it didn’t work out that way.

Summer 2016 – New year, new things

Time flies so yup. Between starting the new blog, freelancing, enjoying my newfound work at home life around spending my days with a toddler in tow…I blinked and it was my birthday. I was still blogging over at the new spot but I didn’t have nearly as much time as I thought I was going to have to get it off the ground. Let me tell you…I thought I had struggles with balance before? It was nothing compared to life now. The difference though? The struggle was worth it. Or as Elizabeth Gilbert so eloquently put it in Big Magic, I was more than willing to eat the shit sandwich that came along with freelance freedom.

I celebrated my birthday at a mountain resort in Seven Springs–I blogged about it–learning more about how to get involved in the school community in my city. I also started to set my sights on something new-ish. A beauty brand had been on mind every since my very first post. It was a natural extension of the work that I do–helping women of color in the beauty space. I had been tinkering with this brand, testing, trying, mixing for a couple years along with my business partner. With my “extra”–ha!–time I had been thinking about really getting it off the ground. So we set a timeline and got to it.

Fall 2016 – #notricksjusttreats

Belle Marron, an all natural makeup and skin care brand for women of color soft launched on Halloween #notricksjusttreats. We launched with the Belle Box, a taste of our full product line, and started shipping orders on Black Friday. My other blog had like ZERO views even though I had been pouring my heart into those blog posts. My freelance career was stable. And every where I turned, every networking event I went to, I heard the same thing “what’s up with This Brown Queen”? I missed this blog. It fit me. It was me. This blog changed my life and nothing I did over at my new site made sense the way This Brown Queen did. I decided I would be coming back…just wasn’t sure when/how.

Winter 2016 – Back like I never left…right?

Looking back…2016 was obviously the year of CHANGE. I started the year calling it the year of intention and maybe to an extent, it was. But more obviously, it was a year of change. Winter 2016, I started a loc journey. After about two years natural, I was over it and decided to loc my hair. Winter 2016 I officially shut down my old blog and transferred all my heartfelt posts to This Brown Queen.

And now we’re here. If you’re still here reading, thanks sis. I needed to get alladat out. If not, cliff notes version: I quit my job, started a new blog–that’s over, it’s cancelled–launched an all natural beauty brand and now I’m back.

Later days~ xoxo

I can reinvent myself as often as I need to. The only definition of me that matters is my own.

Beauty

Madam C.J. Walker Haircare to Launch in Sephora!

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture

Y’all. We’ve been flourishing this Black History Month. From Bey dropping Formation, to Kendrick’s powerful Grammy performance, we’re out here slaying. So you can imagine when I received word that THE ORIGINAL BLACK BEAUTY ENTREPRENEUR, Madam C.J. Walker’s legacy haircare brand has relaunched and will be available at Sephora next month?! Queens, Yassssss to all of it. Everything. Just Yes.

You don’t even have to be a regular around here to know how I feel about America’s first self-made woman millionaire that just so happens to be a black woman with a beauty brand *insert painting nails emoji, the black hand of course. To hear this iconic brand, available in my lifetime, brought to us by Sundial Brands (hey Shea Moisture hey!) has returned with an all new haircare collection is beyond dope. I’m so excited to see what the brand has to offer. Continue Reading

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Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Invigorating Conditioner

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Invigorating ConditionerMy natural hair is picky…matter of fact she’s a lot like me. When we like something we really like it and when we don’t, we REALLY don’t. The only difference is she tends to not like a whole lot more things than she does like {side eye}. I think that’s why I could never be a proper natural hair blogger. She’s just not having it. And I’m cool with that. That doesn’t stop me from trying though. Especially when it comes to finding a product that solves a natural hair problem I’m dealing with. In this case, I was on a search to find a detangling conditioner that was more affordable than my normal cleansing and deep conditioners, that the crown actually liked, and that really detangled because listen…I don’t care how simple my natural hair routine is…detangling will always be in the way. After much trial and error, I tried the Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Invigorating Conditioner and I think I’ve found the one.

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Current Obsession: Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick in Magnetic

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color StickMy current makeup and beauty product setup goes something like this: On my vanity, I have my current staples, favorite products, new goodies, or products I’m testing. Think favorite primer, current foundation, a few staple concealers, winter lipsticks, and other products to create my daily go to look. In my makeup drawer is organized chaos of everything else. Every now and then–read more then than now–I go through said chaos and give away, get rid of, or my personal favorite, rediscover old products. And I don’t mean old in the sense like expired. Girl that’s what the “get rid of” part is for. But I mean those things that I’ve tossed in there in lieu of making more room for new things, things tested but maybe weren’t too exciting, or things I just straight up forgot about. These things happen…right? I recently had some time to do one of those clean out sessions and I came across the Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick in Magnetic. Queens. I think I may have just discovered illuminating brown girl gold. Why haven’t I been using this all my life?

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My Simple Winter Natural Hair Routine

My Simple Natural Hair Routine

Can I be real with y’all? There have been times when I was reeaaallyy about to give this natural hair thing up. Like throw in the towel, grab me a flat iron, and be done with the whole thing. And it’s always at that point, right when I’m all the way through, someone will say “I love your hair!” or “I wish I could wear my hair like yours.” or the thing that really changes my mind “You make me want to go natural too. How did you get your hair like that?” Something about the fact that my hair–no matter how much drama she tries to put me through–inspires other women to return to natural, means I have to keep going. And growing. And sharing.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

*Special thank you to Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty for the gift!

So…this is a sexy ass tube of mascara. That’s really the first thing that came to my mind when I pulled this Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara out of the box. I’m a sucker for packaging so I was already loving this new beauty before I even tried it out. Being the girl I am, I tossed this in my makeup bag next to my favorite YSL lipstick (Chocolate in the City) and just looked at how nice pretty they looked together. After about five minutes in admiration of it’s design I realized that if I was ever going to actually review the product, I needed to open it. In the back of my mind I was thinking “sexy or not, nothing will ever come close to my Lights, Camera, Lashes”, but you know, it’s my job to find out. For sure for sure.

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3 Beauty Boutiques for the Girl Who Wants Something Different

3 Beauty Boutiques

Never the kind of girl to waste any time when it comes to beauty, it’s time to get to work on those 2016 beauty resolutions! Take that as my not so subtle way to say: I gotta go shopping. Like every good beauty blogger, my first instinct was to hit up my local Sephora and go. in. But, maybe it has something to do with my taste becoming more refined or maybe it’s my passion for discovering indie brands but, as excited as I am to go beauty shopping, I know what I’m looking for isn’t going to be found at a mainstream beauty store. These days I’m looking for something more.

I’m looking for beauty boutiques that offer something different.

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2016 Beauty Resolutions

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Every year that I get closer to…you know…not being in my 20’s anymore, the more serious I get about my skin and beauty routines. I care more about what I’m putting on, how my skin is reacting to products, and pickier about how often I switch things up. With 2016 being my last year in my 20’s–omg cue anxiety–I am not playing any games. So just like I came up with a bunch of life and business goals, you better believe I came up with some with beauty resolutions too. 2016 will be the year of the glo’ up.

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2015: A Year of Action

I’m really not sure how we’re little more than a week away from 2016 but here we are. I feel like I’m behind in writing this post, but it’s before the year is over so that has to count for something ;).

You may remember that my word for 2015 was Action. At the top of the year I had maybe 10 or so main goals I wanted to accomplish. They ranged from personal things like find a church home to business things like take freelancing to the next level. When I look at that list now that we’re at the end of the year, I’m actually a little mind blown. While I definitely fell short in a few places–more than I’d like to admit–I also accomplished A LOT. In this day to day life thing it’s so easy to overlook small victories during the journey but if 2015 has taught me anything, it’s that for real for real, as cliche as it might sound:

SMALL STEPS EVERYDAY LEAD TO BIG THINGS.

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3 Sites that Support Brown Girl Creatives

3 Sites that Support Brown Girl CreativesIf you’re a regular around here you know that I’m super passionate about supporting my brown girls. It’s the reason, the mission, the manifesto behind this space. In my back to basics post, I talked a little about working to get back to my why. I’ve been working a little project that I’ll be sharing in the next month or so that will dig into exactly how I plan to do that. Somehow, working on that led me to thinking about the communities I’ve grown to know by blogging (something to do with that manifesto I mentioned). And I wanted to share a few that are doing really awesome things in the digital space and supporting fellow brown girl creatives.

  1. Brown Girl Friendly – Much like this space, Brown Girl Friendly initially started out as a brown beauty space. I’ve mentioned the brown girl struggle when it comes to navigating the makeup aisle as a woman with melanin, and “brown girl friendly” is a term us brown girls use when we mean “hey sis you can wear this”. Founded by a few gorgeous brown beauty bloggers (Hey Krissy girl!), Brown Girl Friendly has evolved to become a site more focused on business, blogging, and social media. They provide a ton of great info for a small membership fee. If you’re new to blogging, looking to grow, or just need some extra insight from brown girls who have done this and get it, you should check them out!
  2. My Creative Connection – #blkcreatives–drops mic. But seriously, the hashtag alone is enough to let you know how major this site is. Melissa has truly created a space for black creatives to connect, support, and empower each other and it’s so dope. I have discovered so many awesome creatives on her site and connected with some really awesome brown girls through the monthly twitter chat. If you haven’t taken part of the magic yet, you’re missing out. Trust me.
  3. Black Freelance – When I first signed up for Black Freelance I sent Megan a thank you email. It was that real. I’ve been freelancing for about 2 years as a side hustle and one of the things I wrote to Megan is that sometimes being one of the few brown girls in the creative FB groups (y’all know the ones) it’s hard to see that being self employed, a creative entrepreneur, a full time freelancer–whatever term you like best–is something that people of color not only do, but can be really successful at. Megan’s site provides so much knowledge and inspiration for black freelancers it’s really an invaluable resource. There’s a small membership fee but trust me, the monthly challenges alone are worth it. November was Getting Clients month. Need I say more?

What communities or resources do you depend on as a brown girl creative? And make sure you take some time to check these out if you haven’t already.

Stay blessed beautiful!

Tyshia_Shante

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Beauty

First Impression: BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks + Swatches

BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

As if I needed another lipstick. Well at least that’s what I told Instagram when I got these beauties in the mail. But clearly, a girl can never have too many lipsticks. And with pretty much every brand having a liquid lipstick line now, you can see how necessary it was to grab a few ;-).  I haven’t picked up anything from BH Cosmetics since back in my newbie beauty blogging days but when I heard they were the next brand to release a line of liquid lipsticks I thought I would check them out. BH Cosmetics is a super affordable brand and as girl on a budget, that meant I could get three instead of one, so that’s exactly what I did.

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Fro Love: As I Am Cleansing Pudding Review

As I Am Cleansing Pudding

I feel like this review biased and here’s why: My hair just likes As I Am products. There. We can really just end this here but because I’m trying to do better and actually share meaningful content that you guys can use, we’re going to do this proper. The full official review of the cleansing product, that replaced my other staple cleansing product (hey Coconut Cleansing Conditioner), that’s from the same brand, becausssseee….My hair just likes As I Am products.

You might remember a few months back I had a natural hair crisis of sorts, when I went to numerous beauty supply stores on wash day only to find my all time favorite cleansing conditioner wasn’t trying to be found that day. I wound up picking up the As I Am Cleansing Pudding and have been testing it ever since.

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GRWM: Soft Brown Fall Makeup

Soft Brown Fall Makeup

Taking some time to get back into the swing of creating videos. As I’m looking forward to growing this here blog over the next year, I’m focused on giving the people what they want ;). One of my most popular posts ever was my last GRWM with me video so I created another one. Since Fall has finally decided to arrive, I created a simple fall makeup look. A cool soft brown smokey eye and a chocolate brown lip. I stuck with affordable products for the most part since and the best part of this fall makeup for sure has to be the Maybelline Nudes palette I used for my eyes. One of the best drugstore palettes out! And of course the rest of my makeup deets (in order of use) after the video.

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