I had such an incredible Thursday night out, I can show you better than I can tell you. The Brown Beauty Co-op had a soft opening for DC Media and Influencers. This is a for us, by us establishment, if for no other reason, support them because they have products that are made exactly for your brown skin. We all know our melanin is magical AF, so use products that only enhance and take care of the natural beauty you already have.
L to R Co-Founders: Guest + Kimberly Smith + Amaya Smith + Nikki Osei
The Brown Beauty Co-op. The Brown Beauty Co-op, aka “the brown girl’s beauty playground” is a joint venture that aims to take the mantra “Black Girl Magic” to the next level. The Brown Beauty Co-op is designed to be a safe space where the beauty of women of color is celebrated while also providing mentorship and creating exposure for emerging entrepreneurs.
Location: The cute brown building in Dupont Circle at 1365 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036. Hours of Operation: Weekdays 10 AM to 8 PM and Weekends 11 AM – 8 PM.
About Kimberly Smith [Middle Left]
As seen on WWD, InStyle, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, BET, Hello Giggles, Huffington Post and more, Marjani is the pioneering beauty and cosmetics e-commerce destination created for ALL women of color featuring products from around the world. Marjani was founded by Kimberly Smith is an Ivy League-trained attorney that advises companies navigating the complex regulatory world of the healthcare industry and beauty enthusiast.
About Amaya Smith [Middle Right]
With over a decade of experience as a Communications and PR professional, Amaya Smith is an expert in models of fair and just employment, former Obama for America Communications staff and now Founder & CEO of The Product Junkie.
Brown Beauty Co-op features both indie and established skincare, makeup and hair care products & accessories that cater primarily to women of color.
The Brown Beauty Co-op will also feature a makeup lab and serve as a hosting space for community events, pop-up activations featuring emerging business owners, tutorial sessions with makeup artists, natural hair stylists, and DIYers. Not to mention Marjani’s signature event, the “Perfect Match Experience” where guests can get personal foundation match consultations to evaluate shades that work for their skin tones.
DOMO of GIRLAAAAA set the mood all night long. She had us chatting, shopping and two-stepping until the end y’all. Then it got wild and crazy and maybe a bit of twerking. We grown!
Bougie Balloons gave use the cutest backdrop. It was cute in person but looked even better in our pictures. This is is officially my new favorite photo.
My look was festively comfy yet cute. The details: Jacket + Target : Top + Target : Pants + H&M : Shoes + J. Crew
I am a sucker for the details, and these carrot cake cupcakes with pink frosting by Delectable Cakery were delicious.
We washed those delicious cupcakes down with BABE Rosé. They had me before I even took a sip. Their branding is impeccable. Did you peep the napkin? It says “Official wine of questionable decisions.” That is hilarious. The straws said BABE and Wine + Me = Yes. There was a funny quirky message on the back of the can that says
Hey You Guys, You look great. Love your face. Have you lost weight? Let’s be honest, someone had to create a sparkling rose that was delicious, and most of all, so us. You’re welcome.
Love You, Miss You, Hate You, Love You, Mean It.
So cute right? It wasn’t just cute, it was delicious and I need more of it in my life. Babe, do you hear me?
After chatting and looking at myself in this massive mirror within the Brown Beauty Co-op space I had an idea. The lighting was too good to not utilize it, so I took a picture of myself with my big camera. Then I was grabbed the ladies standing nearest to me and told them to pose. Some of the ladies I knew and others I did not. I know them now though. The picture was so dope.
Then my boo Simona took my above idea and suggested we recreate it with Brown Beauty Co-op Products and then I snapped this picture. This is black girl magic personified. We supported the brand and shopped, but we actually celebrated one another. It was pure, it was love it was fun, and it was magical AF. Not everything in life is complicated, some are effortless. Black women have been riding for one another for centuries. Nobody celebrates us like us!
Run, don’t walk to the Brown Beauty Co-op and support these ladies. Continue to build upon the legacy they are creating. They are standing on the shoulders of others, and we have to continue to lift them up so others can come and stand on their shoulders.
Location: The cute brown building in Dupont Circle at 1365 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036.
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 10 AM to 8 PM and Weekends 11 AM – 8 PM.