The Zoe Report


Simedar Jackson

One of Simedar's first beauty memories is frequently wearing purple, frosted lip gloss in elementary school despite her teachers' scathing disapproval. This innate desire to squeeze between what's considered "appropriate" and "desirable" would follow her through her various beauty experiences and direct her career journey. Chicago born and current Brooklyn resident, Simedar is a beauty writer, licensed esthetician and skin care educator. She is passionate about leveling the playing field by uplifting the stories and experiences of communities rarely given a platform and creating content that speaks to cultural nuance . She is skincare obsessed and enjoys empowering her clients to make personal care decisions they feel proud of. She operates under the mantra that skincare is more than beauty, its healthcare we all deserve access to.


How The Tradition & Meaning Of Braids Evolved Over Time

And where it stands now.


Is The Era Of DTC Beauty Officially Behind Us?

How emerging brands are navigating our shopping evolution.

(Standing Appointment)

I Tried A Buzzy New Filler For Fine Lines & Volume That’s Meant To Last Longer

See my before & after photos


The Latest Wave Of The Natural Hair Movement Is Rooted In Simplicity

Your time is more valuable than ever.

(Pride Month 2022)

The Future Of Genderless Beauty Is So Much More Than Unisex Products

Redefining radical inclusivity.


Dermatologists Swear By This In-Office Treatment For Pitted Acne Scars

Plus at-home options for smoother, blemish-free skin.


As Supply Chains Continue To Falter, Sustainable Beauty May Be The Unexpected Answer

Where green business & good business meet.


Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Getting A Boob Job

The ultimate guide to breast augmentation.


The Ugly Truth About Clinically Tested Skin Care & Darker Skin Tones

Where the beauty industry is coming up short.


The Brain-Skin Connection Runs Deep, Which Is Where Neurocosmetics Come In

Experts share what to expect from the emerging beauty category.


What To Do If You’re Considering Injectables & Worried About Filler Migration

The best pre-appointment questions to ask.


We Need To Set The Record Straight On Skin Care For Darker Complexions

The experts weigh in.


Move Over Lip Fillers — This Buzzy Cosmetic Treatment Is Coming For Your Crown

Pouty, pigmented lips that can last for years? Yes, please.


The Pros Say That Your Skin’s Red, Bumpy Patch Might Not Be A Breakout

And treating it might be trickier than you think — here’s what to know.


Does Skin Care’s Most Controversial Product Really Deserve All The Hate?

The experts say... maybe not.


The Fool-Proof Way I Get A Natural-Looking Spray Tan On Darker Skin

Spray tanning has never been easier.


This Is The Facial You Should Actually Be Booking, According To Your Age

The experts help to decipher those spa menus once and for all.

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The State Of The Beauty Industry, One Year Later

After summer 2020, have beauty brands made tangible strides towards diversity?


After 5 Years, This Was The Natural Hair Milestone I Never Expected To Have

Writer Simedar Jackson on her complex relationship with her curls.