This Too Shall Pass x Pretty Connected Mask Chain Strap Collaboration

Meet the limited edition Spicy Christians This Too Shall Pass Face Mask x Pretty Connected Mask Chain collaboration, brought to you by two small but mighty female entrepreneurs.

Emmy nominated producer + founder of Spicy Christians, Yazmin Ramos

I’m so excited to announce I’m partnering with my friend Yazmin Ramos, Emmy nominated producer of The Wendy Williams Show and founder of Spicy Christians Clothing Brand. We’ll be collaborating to sell her “This Too Shall Pass” Face Mask with my Pretty Connected Mask Chain. 15% of all net proceeds from my site will be donated to Black Girl Ventures, which creates access to capital for black/brown women founders. Supporting small business’ is something important to both of us and as two female founders who have had to face a lot of obstacles we want to give back and create more opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Yazmin has been an amazing supporter of Pretty Connected accessories line, putting my multi-use chains on The Wendy Williams show several times. Last year, when she decided to launch her clothing line she asked if I would help mentor her on the ins and outs of starting an online store. We sat for hours going through Shopify and tips and tricks when it came to packaging, inventory and setting up a shop. She is one of the most ambitious women and quickest learners I’ve ever met.

This is not Yazmin and my first collaboration. I co-founded the non-profit, Share Your Beauty, which collects new beauty products from brands, magazines, editors, influencers and beyond and distributes them to women shelters and other organizations in need. Yazmin launched the non-profit, Polished Angels, which hosts regular beauty events at nursing homes and offers complimentary manicure, hair and beauty services to spread joy to the elderly. On several accounts, I had my program donate beauty products and raffle items for her events and have volunteered with her to paint nails for the elderly.

Finding new ways to work together and to be in a network of women who are committed to positivity, friendship and doing good in the world is probably one of my biggest joys.

You can shop the the limited edition This Too Shall Pass Face Mask x Pretty Connected Mask Chain ($40-$45): HERE

You can also head to spicychristians.com for more of her collection!

Meet my Muse: Makeda of Glamazon Diaries rocking our Mask Chain!

Makeda Saggau-Sackey of Glamazon Diaries rocking our Lara Mini Chain Mask Strap

Meet my friend Makeda Saggau-Sackey, or glamazondiaries.com. She’s one of the most amazing creators and photographers, and a longtime friend to me and my brand. We’ve hosted events together, done the Women’s March and countless collaborations. She was one of the first influencers to support my Pretty Connected accessories line, rocking both my chain straps and boss rings when we first launched and so graciously agreed to be one of my models for my mask chains. She has incredible style and is a great Instagram follow @glamazondiaries. She wrote this great post introducing herself.

We’ve been through a lot in our almost 10 years as friends and more so then “ally’s”, a word that is being used a lot, we’re family. Our support has always been a two way street and when I think of words like equality, that a great way to look at our friendship, as equals. We’ve created opportunities for each other, supported each other and her wins are my wins and vice versa. We are stronger together.

Black Lives Matter: National Resources List

With a heavy heart, I write this blog post. Like many of you I feel an overwhelming weight of sadness over the state of our country. I’m sad that it’s 2020 and racism still exists. I’m sad that we’re in a pandemic, and families are struggling, kids are out of school, hunger relief programs need our support, small business are going under and our economy is at the brink of collapsing, the planet is deteriorating and we are only now having a serious conversation around Black Lives Matter and that police brutality is not okay. So here’s a quick list:

The other note I’ll make is to ask your black friends questions. The amount of fear to speak up out of the potential to be attacked is breeding silence. So ask questions. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to one of your friend then Instagram is an amazing tool as well, DM someone you admire in the black community. Open up. Say something along the lines of I admire your you and your posts, I’m trying to have more conversations with my community, is this statement okay? Or I don’t understand x, y, z can you help explain it to me, I’m working to educate myself and be a bigger ally.

Other ways to help!

NewBeauty TestTube: The Must Have Beauty Subscription Box

NewBeauty TestTube May/June box

Okay beauty lovers, as some of you know I recently joined the NewBeauty team and have been helping curate their beauty subscription service, TestTube. TestTube is the original beauty box and features 8 full size beauty products for $29.95.

The May TestTube includes:

  1. Dr. Brandt pores no more® Luminizer Primer (full size) – $38
  2. Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum (full size) – $60
  3. Naisture 3-Step Skincare Kit (4 masks: 2 Energizing + 2 Regenerating) $16
  4. NeoCell Collagen Protein Peptides – 2020 NewBeauty Award Winner (full size) $39.95
  5. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color (full size) $9.99
  6. RUSK PUREMIX Native Fig Replenishing 3-in-1 Leave-In (full size) – $18
  7. ScarAway 100% Silicone Scar Gel – 2020 NewBeauty Award Winner (full size) $24.90
  8. Terra & Co. Brilliant Black Toothpaste (full size) – $25

Total Value of the Tube: $232 for $29.95!

TestTube comes out every other month (6 tubes/year). Each box is $29.95 (or you can subscribe for 1 year for $149.75). It features 8 full and travel size beauty products and has a minimum value of $180+. The May Tube is valued at $232!