Tembe Denton-Hurst

Writer, the Strategist

Tembe Denton-Hurst is a writer at the Strategist who covers beauty and books. She previously wrote about beauty and culture for Nylon and Elle. She's also the author of the novel Homebodies.

  1. best of 2023
    The Best Books of 2023 (So Far)A historical tale of mutiny on the high seas, the toll of climate change migration on the U.S., a searing debut novel, and a romance in verse.
  2. deal of the day
    This TikTok-Viral Concealer Is 20 Percent OffIt’s so easy to blend it’s practically foolproof.
  3. the strategist 100
    The Strategist Beauty 100Something for every step of your routine — from your scalp to the soles of your feet.
  4. best in class
    The 13 Very Best Women’s Deodorants and AntiperspirantsIncluding a lemony natural deodorant that contains live bacteria.
  5. best in class
    The 16 Very Best Moisturizers for Mature SkinWe polled ten dermatologists for their favorites.
  6. gifts they might actually want
    The Best (Strategist-Approved) Gifts for GardenersFrom a mosquito spray that smells good enough to be worn as cologne to a book known as the “Bible of fermentation.”
  7. gifts they might actually want
    A Gift for Every Type of GirlfriendFrom splurges to “just because” pick-me-ups.
  8. best in class
    The 14 Very Best Treatments for Eczema“For eczema-prone skin, hydration is the name of the game.”
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    The 9 Very Best Products for Preventing and Fading MelasmaIncluding sunscreens, serums, and a brightening treatment.
  10. don’t dillydally
    8 Things That’ll Almost Definitely Sell Out: From Beats to Boy SmellsIncluding a mini Dutch oven inspired by the Ebony test kitchen.
  11. best in class
    The 18 Very Best Shampoos for Fine HairWith specific picks to battle oil, add volume, and restore moisture.
  12. best in class
    The 11 Very Best Wrinkle CreamsIncluding options with and without retinol and choices for sensitive skin, oily skin, and fragile under-eye skin.
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    The 16 Very Best Body Lotions for Dry SkinIncluding everyday options, lotions for sensitive skin, and products to specifically treat inflamed dry skin and dryness caused by eczema.
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    The 20 Very Best Eye Creams“I would swim in this product if I could.”
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    The 19 Very Best Sunscreens for Your FaceIncluding options for sunscreen-phobic acne sufferers.
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    The 11 Very Best Vitamin-C SerumsIncluding specific serums for dry, oily, and acne-prone skin.
  17. deal of the day
    This Acne-Zapping Gel Is Less Than $10It’s the strongest retinoid you can get without a prescription.
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    The 12 Very Best Retinol Products for Every Skin TypeAn anti-aging essential.
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    The 11 Very Best Hand CreamsIncluding a light-smelling floral hand cream that hand models love.
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    The 12 Very Best Moisturizers for Dry SkinHyaluronic acid is your best friend.
  21. best in class
    The 16 Very Best Foundations for Mature SkinIncluding one that “blends like a second skin, blurs lines, and sets to a nice velvety finish, which helps avoid creasing.”
  22. best in class
    The 9 Very Best Leave-in ConditionersIncluding an option that gives “featherlight hydration.”
  23. best in class
    The 15 Very Best Men’s Deodorants and Anti-perspirantsIncluding a wipe that will stop sweat for up to a week and a natural deodorant made with beer hops.
  24. best in class
    The 17 Very Best Lip BalmsFrom Aquaphor to Burt’s Bees to Carmex.
  25. deal of the day
    Sunday Riley’s Cult-Favorite Lactic-Acid Serum Is 25 Percent OffIt’s one of our favorites for fading hyperpigmentation.
  26. one stop shop
    All the Best Curly-Hair Products We’ve Ever Written About“I’ve had curly hair all my life, and this is the best thing I’ve used.”
  27. recommended by experts
    The Best Ways to Prevent Thigh Chafe When It’s Hot and Humid OutsideTwenty-one experts recommend the anti-chafe products they rely on, from glide-on balms to powders you can precisely apply and garter-style leg bands.
  28. best in class
    The 11 Very Best Silk PillowcasesIncluding a dupe for the pricey Parachute silk pillowcase.
  29. best in class
    The Very Best-Smelling CandlesIncluding one that’s inspired by 18th-century perfume.
  30. deal of the day
    This Acne-Fighting Face Mask Is Half Off at SephoraSaweetie called it a “magic potion.”
  31. one stop shop
    All the Best Face Washes We’ve Ever Written About“This is an all-star product in my skin-care arsenal — it’s something I will always, and I mean always, have next to my sink in case I break out.”
  32. best in class
    The 13 Very Best Drugstore Eye CreamsIncluding options that treat dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness.
  33. deal of the day
    This Coola Spray Sunscreen Set Is Practically a TwoferIt’s water-resistant, it’s over 70 percent organic, and it smells like a vacation.
  34. prime day 2023
    Our Beauty Writer’s 43 Favorite Prime Day Beauty DealsFrom TikTok–famous snail essences to SPF-infused lip balm.
  35. i keep seeing this
    The Trucker Hat of Black Creative Brooklyn“They’re everywhere now. If you go to a festival or block party, somebody’s wearing Savant.”
  36. what i can’t live without
    What Mal Wright Can’t Live Without“They break in so good. It’s like a relationship between your foot and the shoe.”
  37. deal of the day
    Tatcha’s Beloved Dewy Skin Cream Is 20 Percent OffRio says nothing compares to the rich, dew-making moisturizer.
  38. steal my party
    How to Celebrate Juneteenth With a Very Black Cookout“You will always see a bit of Black culture peeking out — on the table, in the music, in the art, in the dance, and the conversation.”
  39. father’s day 2023
    The Best Books for Every Type of DadIncluding history, poetry, novels, and cookbooks.
  40. best in class
    The 19 Best Skin-Care Products to Use While Pregnant (and Nursing)Fourteen doctors on the ingredients to absolutely avoid, alternatives to look for, and the best products expectant (and new) moms can use.
  41. painless shopping
    34 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Patio Décor ItemsIncluding outdoor furniture, rugs, and lighting.
  42. best in class
    The 19 Very Best Night CreamsIncluding options for skin that’s acne prone, dry, normal, or aging.
  43. deal of the day
    Our Favorite Self-Tanning Face Lotion Is 30 Percent OffLike a week at the beach, but without the UV rays.
  44. best in class
    The 14 Very Best Self-TannersIncluding one that Rio Viera-Newton calls “absolutely undetectable.”
  45. deal of the day
    Our Favorite Depuffing Eye Cream Is 20 Percent OffA blend of caffeine and ginseng zaps extra fluid from the under eye.
  46. deal of the day
    This Strat-Favorite Detangling Brush Is Half Off at UltaIt cut one writer’s detangling time in half.
  47. deal of the day
    This Easy-to-Use Hair-Removal Device Is 25 Percent OffIt lasts as long as a wax and is much less painful.
  48. best in class
    The 8 Very Best Tinted MoisturizersThey’re lightweight, hydrating, and usually come with a bit of sun protection.
  49. mother’s day 2023
    The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts for Mom From the Most Expensive BrandsFor nearly impossible-to-please mothers, size doesn’t matter — but a fancy brand name might.
  50. steal my vacation
    Tembe Denton-Hurst’s 3-Day Trip to the DMV — the Setting of Her Debut NovelSteak dinners, record stores, and a nighttime visit to the monuments.
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