Peaches and (night) cream
Ebony lives in The Sunshine State. She is a visual merchandiser, blogger, and the #peachyqueen at Peach and Venom. She's super into fashion, photography, and finding the next "cool" thing to try. You can usually find her outside enjoying Mother Nature or hanging with lots of dogs. If you're into #ootds, sunsets and palm trees, check out her Instagram and her blog. For peachy goodness and cool threads follow along at Peach and Venom.
Kate Lee: Give us the essentials about yourself.
Ebony Hunter: Heyyy! My name is Ebony. I was born and raised in Florida. As far as what I do for a living, I am a certified "dabbler." I'm involved with a little bit of everything! I do visual merchandising, I'm a blogger, an entrepreneur, and do a little photography for fun. I'm from a small beach town in North Florida so my happy place is around nature and the ocean. I love creating, hanging out with my crew, and traveling.
KL: How would you describe your beauty philosophy?
EH: My beauty philosophy is fairly simple: "do whatever makes you feel fabulous!" If you feel like dyeing your hair pink and wearing glittery eyeliner—do it. Wanna bleach your eyebrows? Go right ahead. Life's too short to not express yourself and have fun with your personal style.
KL: How did you get started with beauty blogging, and how has Instagram changed your perspective?
EH: I have to say, I never in a million years thought I would ever be considered a beauty blogger. But I really got my start once I started using Glossier. Before Instagram, when I thought of beauty blogging, my mind went straight to makeup. Don't get me wrong, I love makeup myself but I've never been super skilled in that department, and struggling with acne for most of my life made me want to stray away from anything that could possibly make it worse. However, with the nature of Instagram, you can see that the realm of beauty blogging has certainly evolved. It doesn't just refer to makeup. Beauty bloggers and influencers are also talking about skincare, which is super important and I'm really happy to see and take part in that.
KL: You're a founder of Peach and Venom, an independent clothing brand. What led you to create Peach and Venom? Where would you like to see it go?
EH: I started Peach and Venom in the Fall of 2015. I had just graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Retail Merchandising and Product Development. During that time I was going through the post-grad soul-searching period that I've heard many go through. I wanted to figure out who I was outside of college and what I really wanted out of life.
One thing I knew is that I wanted my own business. I've wanted one since I was a kid, I just didn't know what I actually wanted to go into. During my "soul-searching" period I realized I'm actually super into the design side of fashion and always have been. And I kid you not, one day I woke up with these designs in my head, I started sketching some things. Thus, Peach and Venom was born.
Peach and Venom was partly inspired by my life growing up and going to school in the South. It's for anyone who's a little bit of this and little bit of that. They're more than a pretty face, they're strong, confident, and most importantly, they don't take anyone's B.S. In the future, outside of expanding our product offering, I would love to see Peach and Venom make it into bigger retailers and ultimately be one of the go-to lifestyle brands for the cooler than cool.
KL: You're also involved in Brown Girls Club. Could you tell us about that collective?
EH: So, the Brown Girls Club is something that a group of my friends would call ourselves as a joke, and then it basically took on an identity of its own. I met the other "brown girls" as their random roommate at FSU in 2012. We thought it was funny that all of us were different types of "brown". One of us is Hispanic, one is Turkish, I'm African American etc. For the three years that we lived together, it got to the point where we we actually became known by others around town as "The Brown Girls Club". Each of us is super into different creative fields like fashion, music, photography, and journalism. The Instagram account was started last year as a way for us to do something fun and creative together even though we now live apart, and to also connect with others.
KL: How would you describe your skincare regimen, and what are your favorite products or ingredients to use?
EH: It took years but I have finally gotten to the point where I am starting to find a routine that works for me. I tend to keep my skincare regimen fairly simple. I have learned that less is more, especially when you're dealing with acne-prone skin.
- I love exfoliating with my Clarisonic brush a few times a week.
- I actually use three different cleansers, depending on my needs or mood. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is one of my favorites. The Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser has been my go-to for a minty pick-me-up. I've just recently started using Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Soap, and so far I am loving it! It can be a bit drying for my face so I don't use it every day for that. However, it's also a body wash (among other things) and it makes me feel like I'm doing an aromatherapy treatment anytime I shower.
- My favorite moisturizer so far has been the Priming Moisturizer Rich, which is also from Glossier. Also, Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I can't stress how vital that is to my routine.
- My lips have been very dry lately so I typically use lip scrubs along with Aquaphor and plain old Vaseline before bed.
- I'm super into serums and face oils as of late. So far I've tried Glossier Super Glow and I was just recently introduced to the Julep Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil.
- Last but not least, I love a good face mask at least once a week or every other week. Any products with collagen or vitamin C are my go-tos for that bouncy, glow-from-within look.
KL: If you could cultivate an ideal skincare and self-care regimen for yourself, what would it be?
EH: t would definitely be centered around a more natural and balanced lifestyle. I've actually been making small steps towards that in the last few years. I've been practicing yoga and meditation and cutting down on dairy by substituting with coconut or nut milks. Eventually, I would like to stick to that. I want to make a conscious effort to eat more fish, greens, and other antioxidant-rich foods and get more into holistic healing.
KL: Are there any new skincare trends or products that you've recently loved?
EH: Oh boy, where do I start? I'm really loving this movement of taking more time with your skin and cultivating your own routines. Whether it be face masks, eye creams or facial sprays, I love that there are so many cool products out there now. I personally haven't always been super into creating a routine for myself until recently, so I'm still researching products. A new one that I am really liking so far has been the Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift. I just recently started using this so I can't notice a difference yet but it feels super nice to put on. I also love that serums and face oils have become so popular! They've really made a huge difference in my skin and I'm always on the hunt for new ones to try. As for brands, Drunk Elephant and The Ordinary have been on my radar for a while, so I'm definitely looking to try something from them next (any product recommendations are welcomed).
KL: Are there beauty/skincare "hacks" and misconceptions that you feel should be clarified?
EH: I feel like there are a lot of super harsh products still out there that claim to really clear your skin fast. I know this is music to anyone's ears who has struggled with skin issues, but finding a consistent routine that works for you and getting clear skin takes time. If all else fails, definitely consider visiting a dermatologist. I feel like this is an option that often gets overlooked but can be super beneficial in the long run.
KL: If you could pass down some beauty and skincare wisdom to your younger self, what would it be?
EH: Don't pop your pimples and be gentle with your skin! Growing up with acne, you get to the point where you're so desperate for clear skin that you do so many harsh things in an attempt to get it. In the end, you're just left with a lot of hyper-pigmentation and scarring, which isn't fun. Granted, scarring is not completely permanent but it certainly is a pain to get rid of, so I wouldn't recommend causing that issue for yourself.