Amazon's Skin-Care Brand Is Up To 25% Off Right Now

Karina Hoshikawa

Amazon quietly unveiled its new in-house skin-care brand Belei last year, and since then, it's been a dark horse of affordable beauty products that you can buy on Prime. Oh, and for a limited time, you can score the stuff on the cheap during Amazon's Big Style Sale.

In case you need a refresher, the entire collection is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and fragrance, not tested on animals, and come in bottles sourced from recycled materials — pretty compelling considering the price point. During the sale, you can get 20-25% off most of the brand's products, including the hydrating facial wipes, retinol moisturizer, and charcoal face mask. (Just make sure to check the coupon box before adding it to your cart.)

We've done a deep dive into the brand's entire scope of products — serums, moisturizers, cleansing wipes galore — to bring you our honest feedback on what's worth adding to cart. Whether you've got dry skin or are feeling extra oily (summer skin probs, amirite?), Belei has something for almost everyone. Study up before you make the purchase and see what our editors had to say about the entire line.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff—and, while we do receive commission from Amazon, all of the goods linked to on our site are independently selected and supported by our Shopping team.

<h3><strong>Charcoal Balancing Mask</strong></h3> <br>"I used this in the morning after washing my face. It has a nice consistency and went on easily. I’m wasn't sure if I applied enough, but after 15 minutes I rinsed my face and my skin seemed smoother and brighter. I waited for a few minutes to apply moisturizer as a test — usually, if I don’t apply moisturizer immediately after washing my face, my skin starts to feel super dry and tight. But my skin actually felt really hydrated. I probably could have gotten away with not applying moisturizer at all, but I put on a little sunscreen because I was going outside. This was actually my first time using a mask, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but I liked it and would definitely use it again." — Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Charcoal Balancing Mask, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2B2KnnU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Charcoal Balancing Mask


"I used this in the morning after washing my face. It has a nice consistency and went on easily. I’m wasn't sure if I applied enough, but after 15 minutes I rinsed my face and my skin seemed smoother and brighter. I waited for a few minutes to apply moisturizer as a test — usually, if I don’t apply moisturizer immediately after washing my face, my skin starts to feel super dry and tight. But my skin actually felt really hydrated. I probably could have gotten away with not applying moisturizer at all, but I put on a little sunscreen because I was going outside. This was actually my first time using a mask, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but I liked it and would definitely use it again." — Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer

Belei Charcoal Balancing Mask, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Triple-Peptide Eye Cream</h3> <br>"I have super Sensitive — yes, capital S — skin, so was a bit nervous about swatching to a new product on my face (a place prone to eczema and perioral dermatitis). My initial reaction to this "triple-peptide" cream was that it felt light and rich without being overly greasy once applied to my under eyes. I echo the Amazon-reviewer chorus in the sentiment that a little does, in fact, go a long way. After a few days of use, I haven't noticed any major brightening results as far as dark circles go...But, I also haven't experienced any flareups or irritations from my forever moody complexion." — Elizabeth Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Triple-Peptide Eye Cream, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3hTyaTp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Triple-Peptide Eye Cream


"I have super Sensitive — yes, capital S — skin, so was a bit nervous about swatching to a new product on my face (a place prone to eczema and perioral dermatitis). My initial reaction to this "triple-peptide" cream was that it felt light and rich without being overly greasy once applied to my under eyes. I echo the Amazon-reviewer chorus in the sentiment that a little does, in fact, go a long way. After a few days of use, I haven't noticed any major brightening results as far as dark circles go...But, I also haven't experienced any flareups or irritations from my forever moody complexion." — Elizabeth Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor

Belei Triple-Peptide Eye Cream, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Vitamin C + HA Serum</h3> <br>"I have dry skin that's not usually prone to breakouts but needs lots of moisture to keep it in check. Vitamin E and botanical face oil are a part of my daily routine. I don't currently use a serum but I do add a blended <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vitabrid-Vitamin-face-brightening-powder/dp/B01MFC2Q8C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vitamin C powder" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vitamin C powder</a> (from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vitabrid-Vitamin-face-brightening-powder/dp/B01MFC2Q8C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vitabrid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vitabrid</a>) to my moisturizer for skin brightening. This Belei Vitamin C + HA product is meant to be applied sparingly at night for brighter, hydrated skin. Even though I was only using a small amount, I did not love the feeling of it on my face. It left a slightly tacky feel, not luxurious or smooth or especially hydrated. It was alright since it's meant to be added right before you go to bed, but I still wasn't thrilled with it. After three weeks my skin didn't look any better or worse for using the product. It barely had any scent (bonus in my books) and did not irritate my skin. Not a glowing review for this one — I'd say it's just fine and likely better for someone who already uses a similar serum and might want to try out a new option at a lower price." - Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2NnAAvf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Vitamin C + HA Serum


"I have dry skin that's not usually prone to breakouts but needs lots of moisture to keep it in check. Vitamin E and botanical face oil are a part of my daily routine. I don't currently use a serum but I do add a blended Vitamin C powder (from Vitabrid) to my moisturizer for skin brightening. This Belei Vitamin C + HA product is meant to be applied sparingly at night for brighter, hydrated skin. Even though I was only using a small amount, I did not love the feeling of it on my face. It left a slightly tacky feel, not luxurious or smooth or especially hydrated. It was alright since it's meant to be added right before you go to bed, but I still wasn't thrilled with it. After three weeks my skin didn't look any better or worse for using the product. It barely had any scent (bonus in my books) and did not irritate my skin. Not a glowing review for this one — I'd say it's just fine and likely better for someone who already uses a similar serum and might want to try out a new option at a lower price." - Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director

Belei Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes</strong></h3> <br>"These makeup wipes feel like velvet — super soft and feel much more luxurious than their $9 price point. Although they’re hydrating, these makeup wipes are very cleansing and have made my facial cleansing routine a breeze. They can also substitute your cleanser in the morning if you're in a rush, but still want to feel refreshed and hydrated in one step." — Amani Richardson, social media intern<br><br>"Unlike the Belei Vitamin C + HA Serum, these I loved. They feel and act as an exact dupe to the more expensive <a href="https://www.sephora.com/product/cleansing-spa-water-cloths-P294018" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Koh Gen Do cleansing spa cloths" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Koh Gen Do cleansing spa cloths</a> I currently use. I will absolutely be switching to these cheaper facial wipes from Amazon." — Rosenblum<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes (Pack of 2), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3dlPH37" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><br>

Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes


"These makeup wipes feel like velvet — super soft and feel much more luxurious than their $9 price point. Although they’re hydrating, these makeup wipes are very cleansing and have made my facial cleansing routine a breeze. They can also substitute your cleanser in the morning if you're in a rush, but still want to feel refreshed and hydrated in one step." — Amani Richardson, social media intern

"Unlike the Belei Vitamin C + HA Serum, these I loved. They feel and act as an exact dupe to the more expensive Koh Gen Do cleansing spa cloths I currently use. I will absolutely be switching to these cheaper facial wipes from Amazon." — Rosenblum

Belei Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes (Pack of 2), $, available at Amazon


<h3>Blemish Control Spot Treatment</h3> <br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/12/185765/best-benzoyl-peroxide-products-for-acne" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:&quot;Benzoyl peroxide" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">"Benzoyl peroxide</a> and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/salicylic-acid" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:salicylic acid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">salicylic acid</a> are two industry-standard ingredients for zapping zits, but Belei's spot treatment was surprisingly gentle. While it didn't irritate my skin — a huge plus — it also was perhaps a little <em>too</em> mild for anyone looking for an overnight solution. (i.e., me.)" — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Blemish Control Spot Treatment, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2Btz0W3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Blemish Control Spot Treatment


"Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are two industry-standard ingredients for zapping zits, but Belei's spot treatment was surprisingly gentle. While it didn't irritate my skin — a huge plus — it also was perhaps a little too mild for anyone looking for an overnight solution. (i.e., me.)" — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Belei Blemish Control Spot Treatment, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Vitamin C Moisturizer</strong></h3> <br>"The moisturizer is very lightweight and it's perfect if you're someone like me, who has to layer on loads of sunscreen after applying moisturizer. The hyaluronic acid keeps my face feeling super supple, smooth, and hydrated. Dark spots and inflammation are my key skin concerns and I’ve also noticed gradual fading away of my acne scarring." — Richardson<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Vitamin C Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/37ZpIxm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Vitamin C Moisturizer


"The moisturizer is very lightweight and it's perfect if you're someone like me, who has to layer on loads of sunscreen after applying moisturizer. The hyaluronic acid keeps my face feeling super supple, smooth, and hydrated. Dark spots and inflammation are my key skin concerns and I’ve also noticed gradual fading away of my acne scarring." — Richardson

Belei Vitamin C Moisturizer, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Retinol Refining Moisturizer</strong></h3> <br>"I typically don't moisturize at night (I know, I'm bad), so I was excited to try this moisturizer! The bottle itself is super user-friendly and allows for easy application. The formula is soft, not too scent-heavy, and has been kind to my overly sensitive (and typically easily irritated) skin. I'm eager to see how continuous application will leave my skin." — Katie Cruz, Associate Social Media Editor<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Retinol Vitamin A Refining Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3fN2ZqL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Retinol Refining Moisturizer


"I typically don't moisturize at night (I know, I'm bad), so I was excited to try this moisturizer! The bottle itself is super user-friendly and allows for easy application. The formula is soft, not too scent-heavy, and has been kind to my overly sensitive (and typically easily irritated) skin. I'm eager to see how continuous application will leave my skin." — Katie Cruz, Associate Social Media Editor

Belei Retinol Vitamin A Refining Moisturizer, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes</strong></h3> <br>"Like other <em>Refinery29</em> beauty editors, I'm a big fan of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-face-wipes-reviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:micellar water wipes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">micellar water wipes</a>. As someone who is constantly swatching products at my desk and doing last-minute makeup changes in the morning (I'm indecisive when it comes to eyeshadow, okay?), I love a gentler face wipe, and this stuff definitely fits the bill. Plus, it easily removed a near-indestructible red liquid lipstick with minimal residue — the true test of any makeup remover." — Hoshikawa<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Oil-Free Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes (Pack of 2), $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Belei-Oil-Free-Micellar-Cleansing-Fragrance/dp/B07K5832N4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes


"Like other Refinery29 beauty editors, I'm a big fan of micellar water wipes. As someone who is constantly swatching products at my desk and doing last-minute makeup changes in the morning (I'm indecisive when it comes to eyeshadow, okay?), I love a gentler face wipe, and this stuff definitely fits the bill. Plus, it easily removed a near-indestructible red liquid lipstick with minimal residue — the true test of any makeup remover." — Hoshikawa

Belei Oil-Free Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes (Pack of 2), $, available at Amazon
<h3>Dark Spot Solution</h3> <br>"I have some hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and chin as a result of acne scarring, so anything with "dark spot" on the bottle immediately has my attention. Belei's serum was super lightweight and absorbed well, but over the course of testing, didn't seem to do a whole lot for my skin. To be fair, hyperpigmentation can take <em>years</em> to fade (unless you pony up for in-office laser treatments with a derm), but other Amazon reviewers seemed to echo my hesitation on this one." — Hoshikawa<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Dark Spot Solution Serum, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2V9gzwW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Dark Spot Solution


"I have some hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and chin as a result of acne scarring, so anything with "dark spot" on the bottle immediately has my attention. Belei's serum was super lightweight and absorbed well, but over the course of testing, didn't seem to do a whole lot for my skin. To be fair, hyperpigmentation can take years to fade (unless you pony up for in-office laser treatments with a derm), but other Amazon reviewers seemed to echo my hesitation on this one." — Hoshikawa

Belei Dark Spot Solution Serum, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Bio-Complex Moisturizer</h3> <br>"I normally use a face oil as moisturizer, so this was a new consistency for me. Water-based moisturizers tend to irritate my skin after having used an oil for so long, so I was pleasantly surprised when Belei's did not. At all. While the consistency took some getting used to, I really did like the way this made my skin feel — super-hydrated, almost velvety, but not greasy at all." — Ruane<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Bio-Complex Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2Nn9HaM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Bio-Complex Moisturizer


"I normally use a face oil as moisturizer, so this was a new consistency for me. Water-based moisturizers tend to irritate my skin after having used an oil for so long, so I was pleasantly surprised when Belei's did not. At all. While the consistency took some getting used to, I really did like the way this made my skin feel — super-hydrated, almost velvety, but not greasy at all." — Ruane

Belei Bio-Complex Moisturizer, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Oil-Free Face Moisturizer</strong></h3> <br>"I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I was initially a little nervous about the texture of this day cream, which is a bit thicker than I usually use. The opaque, white cream took a little blending before fully disappearing into my olive skin (I'm not about that ghostly life), but surprisingly didn't feel greasy or heavy on, and SPF 50 is great for shielding my skin from UV rays."— Hoshikawa<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Oil-Free Face Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Belei-Oil-Free-Moisturizer-Sunscreen-Fragrance/dp/B07JZMZ48D" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Oil-Free Face Moisturizer


"I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I was initially a little nervous about the texture of this day cream, which is a bit thicker than I usually use. The opaque, white cream took a little blending before fully disappearing into my olive skin (I'm not about that ghostly life), but surprisingly didn't feel greasy or heavy on, and SPF 50 is great for shielding my skin from UV rays."— Hoshikawa

Belei Oil-Free Face Moisturizer, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum</h3> <br>"This is a good basic serum. It's lightweight and mild, but does seem to soothe and hydrate my skin. I personally like to wear it under makeup, or mixed into a foundation to sheer it out a bit." — Hoshikawa<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/312OMlD" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum


"This is a good basic serum. It's lightweight and mild, but does seem to soothe and hydrate my skin. I personally like to wear it under makeup, or mixed into a foundation to sheer it out a bit." — Hoshikawa

Belei Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Ferulic Acid + Vitamins C and E Serum</strong></h3> <br>"This serum is awesome for skin-care beginners because it has brightening and hydrating ingredients that make it a great two-in-one product. I used it during the evening not expecting much the next morning, but I definitely felt like my skin looked plumper and a bit brighter when I woke up. I wouldn’t say this is the end-all-be-all serum, but if you’re looking for an affordable option that you can get delivered with free Prime shipping, this is for you." — Hannah Bullion, Associate Social Media Editor<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Ferulic Acid + Vitamins C and E Serum, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/31iEWMH" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Ferulic Acid + Vitamins C and E Serum


"This serum is awesome for skin-care beginners because it has brightening and hydrating ingredients that make it a great two-in-one product. I used it during the evening not expecting much the next morning, but I definitely felt like my skin looked plumper and a bit brighter when I woke up. I wouldn’t say this is the end-all-be-all serum, but if you’re looking for an affordable option that you can get delivered with free Prime shipping, this is for you." — Hannah Bullion, Associate Social Media Editor

Belei Ferulic Acid + Vitamins C and E Serum, $, available at Amazon
<h3><strong>Blemish Control Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes</strong></h3> <br>"I’m not a huge believer in facial cleansing wipes, mostly because I love a good double cleanse and find the act of washing my face to be somewhat calming. But having this in my bag pre-SoulCycle might have actually saved my life. Not only did it wipe away all my makeup, it left my skin feeling refreshed, and gave me peace of mind that my post-cycling sweat wouldn’t break me out *too bad*." — Bullion<br><br><strong>Belei</strong> Oil-Free Blemish Control Facial Cleansing Wipes, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3fMAolt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Blemish Control Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes


"I’m not a huge believer in facial cleansing wipes, mostly because I love a good double cleanse and find the act of washing my face to be somewhat calming. But having this in my bag pre-SoulCycle might have actually saved my life. Not only did it wipe away all my makeup, it left my skin feeling refreshed, and gave me peace of mind that my post-cycling sweat wouldn’t break me out *too bad*." — Bullion

Belei Oil-Free Blemish Control Facial Cleansing Wipes, $, available at Amazon
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    This weekend, we’ll be experiencing a lunar eclipse; specifically, a penumbral lunar eclipse. We’ve already talked a little bit about what that means for you astrologically, but… what exactly is the event, astronomically speaking? A regular ol’ lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the sun’s light as it reflects off the moon. This can only happen during a full moon, and there are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth completely blocks the sun’s light from the moon. During a partial lunar eclipse, the Earth partially blocks the sun from the moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse is a little more subtle. “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned in a row,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “The Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon’s surface, and covers all or part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.” What this looks like: You might notice a faint shadow cast over part of the moon’s surface. Like we said — subtle. Lunar eclipses are cool astronomical events, full stop. But the reason they get so many attention in the astrology world is because they involve the two luminaries that affect our lives the most — the sun and the moon, Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, tells Refinery29. “Eclipses are turbo-charged lunations and the way the Universe creates change in our lives,” she says.Similar to a full moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse brings along endings — sometimes in a way that makes them feel almost like destiny, Montúfar says. “What’s tricky about these eclipses is that those endings will not happen immediately, as they develop over the course of the next six months,” she explains. “And when they end something, they also begin something new, too.” Think of a penumbral lunar eclipse as the celestial version of the famous saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”Eclipses affect us individually, bringing positive or negative events, depending on what the particular eclipse does in our personal chart, according to Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “Sometimes an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart,” she says. “An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life’s biggest events, and our most significant life happenings often occur close to an eclipse.”Eclipses are often described as wild cards. Montúfar says that the best way to handle their arrival is to be aware that anything’s possible, and to focus on going with the flow, since many of the changes they bring to our lives are non-negotiable. “It’s not rare to feel very emotional during the days surrounding a lunar eclipse, since the energy of the moon is at its highest,” Montúfar notes. During the days leading up to a penumbral lunar eclipse, simplify your schedules. Figure out where your energy and attention is most needed, and let go of anything holding you back. Also, give yourself a lot of time to rest and relax.Ultimately, penumbral eclipses can bring along much-needed change, or shine light on new and exciting opportunities. Pay attention, and take the time during this kind of eclipse to put you and your needs first.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To Fight

  • This Is Why R29’s Unbothered Is Collaborating With Target

    Dear Unbothered family, Right now, we’re watching as the world makes a major — and much-needed — shift. We’re seeing the kind of reckoning many of us have only read about in history books or heard from our grandparents. But it’s happening. Right before our eyes. And at this very moment, we are members of the movement. But we didn’t just join the movement yesterday. We’ve been here, and we’ve been doing this work. And our content is an imperative reflection of the tireless effort Black women put in every day — at work, at home and on the front lines of social justice. Months ago, the Unbothered team set out to launch a campaign that would celebrate Black life and our relationship with all things summer: barbecues, beaches, bathing suits, and more! We hoped to examine the history and the myths associated with Blackness and our relationship with the water, from shutting down the notion that Black women don’t swim, to finally putting the thought that Black people don’t need sunscreen to rest, to celebrating the communities where many Black folks travel in fellowship and revel in the joys of summer together. But when we realized the devastating effect COVID-19 was having on our communities, we knew we had to serve our audience in a different way. So we shifted. And when the social demonstrations in response to the horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oluwatoyin Salau, and so many more started — we knew there was different work to do. That is how​ Keep That Same Energy ​was born. This campaign came to life as we navigated the ongoing challenges and changes we so often sustain as Black people. As content creators, we know that our art is a reflection of our lives. And it is our responsibility to bring our audience content that is both relevant and riveting. With that said, we are proud to bring you a platform to celebrate the positive momentum of change by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer 2020 definitely isn’t canceled. We are celebrating our Black existence and joy as an act of resistance, and we are doing it in proud partnership with Target. We don’t just work with anybody. We think about who we’re working with and why. This is especially true right now, but it always has been. We take our platform and our responsibility seriously, and we know it is our jobs to challenge brands to support and celebrate Black women genuinely. I am personally proud to work with a company like Target that has not only supported an unprecedented number of Black-owned brands and Black business owners in their stores, but that has also been a consistent partner to the Unbothered team as this program has evolved. As a brand of Black women working tirelessly to change our own company culture, we stand proudly with the Black employees at Target working to do the same at theirs. Together, Unbothered and Target want to send the strong and necessary message that the most impactful way to serve our community and ourselves during this integral time is to “keep that same energy.” So that is what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep celebrating our skin and our unique gifts, we’re going to keep pushing for our joy and our freedom, we’re going to keep experiencing the beauty of summer the way Black people always have. And we’d like for you to come along for the ride with us. Trust me, it’s worth it. Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay Unbothered. Danielle Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?