It’s that time of year again, a season for giving where retail becomes flooded with seasoned and unseasoned shoppers. We thought we’d make it a little easier and share some of our top 10 finds throughout 2019. Here are our favorites and we purposely chose some emerging brands. Entrepreneurs are the life line of innovation.

1. Therapeutate Parfums

These are beautifully curated scents and 100% botanical parfums.


2. ED Designs

Custom and one-of-a-kind handbags by local NYC designer Evelyn Duarte.


3. Skin by Mamie

Mamie is truly an alchemist when it comes to skincare. She is the secret weapon for many high-profile men and women, like actress Angela Bassett.


4. The Ordinary Skincare

Skincare that actually works with affordable, and high-quality products. Now you have no excuses but to pamper yourself!


5. Oketsa

Creator, owner, and South African designer Thulare Monareng dove into her vast knowledge of African symbols and textiles to create this hip and new apparel-accessory line.


6. Sequin

Fun, affordable, an interesting jewelry to adorn yourself for special occasions or simply “just because.”


7. Fully Raw

If you’ve considered totally going vegan or eating raw, then, this is the website for you that’s full of recipes, a free e-book, and Fully Raw immersive retreats around the world with owner Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram.


8. Biscuit and Bones (Pet Food)

This is the perfect treat(s) for the furry family members in your life. Husband and wife, Joe and Adrienne Pace, teamed up to create an all-natural, fresh, and small batches of wholesome deliciousness. Both have worked (and work) as chefs in some of the most successful restaurants in the NYC.


9. Lomar Farms Scented Candles

Another dynamic duo, Brett and Yvonne Wright owners of Lomar Farms and creators of these delicious scented candles that encompass over 15 scents. They also sale delicious honey from their beehives and an array of home products.

(Full disclosure: I met the talented actress Yvonne Wright while at work; and, we had an instant bond. I know, for sure, a lot of love and thought is poured into each candle.)


10. NYX Cosmetics

NYX is one of my favorite brands to use on clients. It has a broad range of color products and tools. It’s ideal for someone (tween or teen) starting to explore makeup to enhance their natural beauty.

Editor-at-Large at Website

Soulivity Editor-at-Large D’angelo Thompson is known for his mastery of beauty and quality aesthetic. He is also one of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after artisans. Originally from Chicago, D’angelo always dreamed of one day taking the beauty industry by the reigns both nationally and internationally; and, in the past two decades, has done so in a phenomenal way. It is his personal vision to elevate his profession by creating a global brand and community, empowering all to see and celebrate their beauty.

As a professional, D’angelo’s expertise extends to beauty, bridal, editorial, commercial, film, TV and private clients. As hair and makeup artist for guests and celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 - 2011, D’angelo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations with a win for “Guest Hair” in 2010. Most importantly, in over two decades, D’angelo has developed a body of work that classifies him in the A-list of beauty professionals.  He is currently working with Law & Order SVU (Seasons 17, 18 & 19), Blue Bloods (Season 8), Worst Cooks,/Celebrity, Joy Mangano/IDL, HSN and Pudding Boy Productions.  As an author, D’angelo’s self-published lifestyle and beauty book entitled “Enhanced Beauty” (2016) continues to sell domestically and internationally.