The Compact: 5 Black Girl-Approved Beauty Finds You Should Try This Month

A curly girl haven in San Francisco, game changing mascara and Black-owned skincare system are just a few of the beauy finds we've got our eye on right now. 

Julee Wilson Jul, 12, 2017

This feature originally appeared in the August 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.


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It’s been 32 years since Calvin Klein captivated our senses with Obsession. In celebration of the classic perfume and its legendary campaign starring Kate Moss (she graces the new ad as well), the luxury brand has reinvented the scent with the debut of Obsessed. Raf -Simons, the label’s new chief creative -officer, set out to reflect the notion of desire and “the memory of a past love, triggered by the scent of another on the skin.” The bottles are a nod to the original design, but with a clear focus on the future. Just be prepared for some major déjà vu. 

available at Macy's $80 Buy Here

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For women with textured tresses, options for a good hairstylist can seem scarce in downtown San Francisco. Thankfully, there’s a go-to mecca for curly girls. Whether you’re transitioning, need a cut or just want a badass silky press, the salon’s stylists will give you a signature look and ensure your hair stays healthy in the process.

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Mother Nature is an amazing muse, so it’s no wonder that one of the hottest hair trends this season (and beyond) is inspired by the glorious waves of the ocean. To mimic those voluminous, soft curves you’ll want to grab the newest Beachwaver tool. Its titanium plates make sure heat is evenly distributed, which results in fast styling and reduced frizz. 

available at Amazon $189 Buy Here

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If you haven’t found a skin care system that’s right for you, perhaps you were just waiting for Bolden to come along. The Black-owned brand boasts complexion-perfecting products for people of color. (Pictured: Bolden Skin Brightening Toner and Skin Clarifying Cleanser)

available at Amazon $20/$17 Buy Here

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Lancôme knows how to create mascara bound to become a cult favorite, and we’re confident you’ll be batting your eyes at the company’s newest launch, Monsieur Big. The 24-hour-wear formula gives lashes mega volume with the very first stroke. 

available at Sephora $25 Buy Here