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This new company, owned by three Black women, is a beauty subscription box meant for people of color, buying from people of color

For $12 a month, subscribers receive four to six sample-sized products from multiculturally-owned small businesses, all surrounding a monthly theme. Get ready for a subscription service that offers products that will actually match and flatter your complexion.

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In defence of Glossybox

This picture has been making the rounds, since in this Month’s Glossybox we got one of these palettes.

Okay so I feel like I need to speak up in defence of Glossybox over this Sleek Palette issue. Just like you all I was super disappointed to see it in Poundland but I recognise this is NOT Glossybox’s fault. The palette is made by Sleek. Sleek are the people who sold the stock to Poundland. It’s not something Glossybox would have anything to do with and they possibly didn’t even know about.

The anger directed at Glossbox is misplaced. Boots, Superdrug and other retailers still have these palettes on sale for £9.99. It’s even on Sleek’s website at £10. Sleek are the ones that have sold old stock to Poundland.

It’s a bummer but that’s the way the world works. They’ve got nothing to explain.

Updated Skincare Routine: Winter 2017

Morning:

  1. Pre-Cleanse: Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Oil
  2. Cleanse: Micellar Cleansing Water or Cosrx Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  3. Tone: Scinic All Day Fine Pore Toner
  4. Chemical Exfolation: Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid (AHA)
  5. Serum: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
  6. Sun Protection: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
  7. Moisturize: J. One Jelly Pack or Mac Strobe Cream
  8. Eye Cream: Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream


Evening:

  1. Makeup Remover: Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity/Makeup Wipes
  2. Double Cleanse: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
  3. Tone: Scinic All Day Fine Pore Toner
  4. Chemical Exfoliation: Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad (BHA)
  5. Serum: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
  6. Ampoule/Essence: Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule
  7. Treatment Serum: Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel
  8. Emulsion: Tonymoly Tea Tree Sebum & Pore Lotion
  9. Moisturize: Tarte Maracuja Oil or Elmaju Cactus Aqua Cream
  10. Eye Cream: Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream


Weekly: Night Masks (so as not to over hydrate my skin)

  • Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer
  • Sheet Masks

Twice a Week: Exfoliation

  • Milky Dress Oasis Peeling Gel
  • Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon Pads

If I over exfoliate my skin gets red and starts to dry out.


Notes & Common Questions

1. Do you do this EVERY DAY?

In short, yes. While I used to just do a basic cleanse, tone, and moisturize, I have noticed a huge turnaround in the moisture and health of my skin since expanding the steps I take. If I am particularly lazy (which happens every once in a while) I will downgrade my evening steps to cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturizer but this only happens rarely. When I started expanding my steps, it was a chore but now it feels weird if I don’t do each step, and it’s as routine as brushing my teeth before bed. Let me put it this way, when I had invasive gallbladder surgery, I still forced myself out of bed to hobble over to my sink to do my skincare — I’m a freak, I know.

2. I’M TOO POOR TO DO THIS. YOU MUST BE RICH?!

Haha…no – not. at. all. if you are serious about upping your game there are plenty of drugstore priced brands you can choose from, and I typically get mine from Ebay, Amazon, or beauty subscription boxes that allow me to use higher end samples of great products. I certainly haven’t just gone out and bought 80 products at one time — instead I focused on developing a regimen that I added to over the last year and a half. One product at a time until I found something that worked for me.

3. WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TYPE/AGE/CONCERNS??

I’m a 31 year old woman with combination skin (oilier t-zone and dryer perimeter) and am prone to redness, hyper pigmentation, uneven texture and the occasional breakout. If you have severely acne-prone skin, you really should consider seeing a dermatologist. I have no background in skincare so I am not at all qualified to recommend products for a chronic condition. I can only speak for my own skin condition.

4. WHY DO YOU DO SO MANY STEPS??

This is the Korean method, and there can be even more steps than the ones that I do. Since the goal is to maintain skin health, I feel it’s important to spend as much time on my skin as I do on applying my makeup. So if I don’t apply makeup, I don’t tend to do every step. Once you reach your mid-twenties you can start to notice considerable changes in the way your skin operates and what may have become acceptable before (cleansing and moisturizing) naturally would need more steps if your skin is aging. At 31, I am lucky to have very little permanent damage to my skin and almost no fine lines or wrinkles yet. The key for me is prevention – I refuse to spend $300 on some wrinkle repair cream because I chose to ignore my skin until I turned 45.

There are a lot of information that can be found online and Youtube is a great place to find recommendations. Here are a few that I suggest:

  • The Beauty Breakdown
  • Glow Recipe
  • Lia Yoo
  • Nadine Baggott
  • Wishtrend TV
  • Caroline Hirons
  • Gothamista
  • Edward Avila
  • Joan Kim
  • Soko Glam

If you ever have any questions about this let me know. Do you have a favorite product that you love using?


Originally posted by teenvogue

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This blogger just launched a subscription box service specifically for Muslim women

  • On Black Friday, fashion and lifestyle site Muslim Girl launched subscription box service unlike any other out there.
  • It’s specifically tailored to the needs and wants of Muslim women. 
  • Each of the monthly boxes go for just $20 (it’s $220 for the year) 
  • The first one is effectively a care package for Muslim women after the U.S. election, stuffed with a scarf they can wear as a hijab or an accessory, a Muslim Girl safety guide, some cosmetics from the halal makeup brand Tuesday in Love and pepper spray, though that can only be sent to women in the U.S. Read more

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i am so fascinated by these beauty box subscriptions but they make me hella nervous bc like what if you get stuff you don’t like? you spent all that money on a box of random stuff and half the time it’s like…free samples you could get at a makeup counter or shitty roll on perfumes. watching people do unboxing video’s for beauty subscriptions is giving me the worst anxiety.

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June Birchbox Review #1

Every month Birchbox is one of my favorite boxes to review, and the number one I look forward to receiving. The past couple months I have been lucky enough to receive two! One is from my personal account and one sent to me review. Birchbox is one of the original subscription boxes and at $10 a month one of the cheapest beauty subscription services on the market. Although they don’t send out a ton of full size samples, their points system is amazing. For every box you pruchase you get 10 points which is equivalent to $1. Also, for every product you review you get 10 points. So basically you get $6 back from every box. This month wasn’t exactly my favorite box ever, but it still was pretty good! Now on to what I received.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler

The full size version of this palette is gorgeous, and I may need to purchase it with my points eventually. The eye shadows are highly pigmented and go on smooth. I like that when I sweep my brushes over them a ton of shadow doesn’t go flying. I like three of the four colors, the one in the upper right is a weird muddy brown that just doesn’t look too great. However the pinks and golds look good with my hazel eyes and tan coloring. I have so many eye shadows that the small size of the sample doesn’t really matter, it will still last a long time. 

Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush

I don’t know if this is the full size version of the blush, but if it isn’t it is still really big. This is the sample I picked out this month, mostly because it was from a credible brand. All of the brands Birchbox carries are trendy, but some of them are more well known than others. This blush is also highly pigmented, so one or two swipes with a fluffy brush works well. I like the peachy color and the staying power is awesome which makes sense for a water proof product.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

Unfortunately I won’t be using this sample for awhile, most likely it will b gifted. I’m currently using a Konjac Sponge that I reviewed awhile ago, along with a Pelle Beauty Foaming Cleanser. After I’m done with that I’ll go back to my Clarisonic and you can’t use grainy cleanser with it or it will be too rough on your skin. This sample smells good, but it is tiny! You can probably only get one or two uses out of it, which is small for even Birchbox standards. I guess it might be good for travel.

Whish Flawless Swipes

These things are super cool! Probably my favorite discovery from the box. This is the reason I like Birchbox, it introduces you to products you might otherwise not ever know exist. These little wipes smooth you skin after shaving to get rid of redness and razor bumps. I really like the scent and although my skin always looks fine after shaving, it did help with the few little bumps I have. Also, I like that they sent a three pack instead of just one, it kind of makes up for the Suki Cleanser. Whish is a brand that shows up often in Birchboxes, but with a lot of variation of products.

Nelson J Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

That ^^^ is a really long name for an oil based hair pack. I love doing hair masks, even though my hair and ends stay pretty healthy. Then again, they probably stay healthy because of how many masks I do. This one was ok, it wasn’t anything special. The scent wasn’t my favorite either. The sample size on this one was good. It would last most people multiple multiple uses, but since I have thick hair and like to slather it one, I will probably get two or three uses out of it. 

Overall I don’t have a total value for you, some of these were hard to calculate. It works out to $2 an item which is a score for the wipes and blush, about spot on for the mask and shadows, and a little much for the cleanser. But with the points I earned from reviewing the products on the website, it doesn’t really matter. What did you guys get this month? And what do you think of my samples?

May 2015 Ipsy Review

Ipsy is a beauty box subscription service. Every month you can expect to receive five makeup and skincare items tailored to your specific profile delivered to your front door. This subscription service is in direct competition with Birchbox, which I reviewed a little while back right here. Both options cost $10 per month. The two main differences that I have noticed is that Ipsy has the added value of receiving a makeup bag with every shipment, but Birchbox has a better rewards program. Also, Birchbox has options for men and the option to add on full size products. On to this month’s goodies. 

1. Contents: My Life Bag

Everything comes wrapped in the pink bubble mailer, but all of the beauty items come with their own little bag. This bag is super cute, and a way better quality than the ones they normally send out, but I am on a bag overload so I will be donating it. 

2. Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lipgloss

That is the cardboard thing you can see in the photo. I hate receiving samples like this because there is so little to work with, but it did come with a 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil which is, in my opinion, the only real value this sample has. The lip gloss is definitely long lasting, but I hate how glosses make my lips feel sticky, so generally I stick to tinted balms, lip stains, or lipstick. However, I appreciate the high end brand being included. 

3. Briogeo Reparative Leave-In Spray

I actually received another leave in spray similar to this in my Birchbox this month, so I am kind of on an overload right now. However, this will go great in my travel bag. Even though samples can be a bummer because of how quickly they run out, the plus side is they work great for trips and vacations. Also, it allows bloggers like me to try out more products in a shorter amount of time, and consumers in general can test items out before they commit to a full size.

4. Bellapierre’s Gel Eyeliner in Coal

This eyeliner goes on very smooth, and the consistency is creamy as they say. However, I am kind of on an overload of eye liner right now. That and nail polish are the two products you can expect to see most in beauty boxes. But I will definitely save it, not swap or gift it. It is probably good I have to wait anyway, right now for summer I am using a lot of browns for a lighter look instead of heavy blacks.

5. Luxie Eyeshadow Brush

I love receiving tools in subscription boxes! I can always add to my makeup brush collection, the only bummer is that means none of them ever match. This is a moderately priced brand, and I already own two similar brushes, but I like to keep a few around and use them only in similar shades. Plus, after you clean them a few times they stop feeling quite as soft.

6. Amie Matte-Finish Moisturizer

Like I have said before, I’m currently not loyal to a specific moisturizer, so this will eventually get used. But I’m not very excited about it either. The packaging feels like it could be found in a hotel. Also, I like a dewy look, and this moisturizer finishes matte. I received another moisturizer in my Birchbox, and so far I think I will prefer it over this. 

Total Value: $31

This value was definately elevated by the makeup brush, and honestly its the only item I really loved. Some subscribers got full sized volume sprays, full sized lipsticks, full sized nail polishes, and cooling eye patches that I realllly want, so I am having a little bit of box envy, Can’t win them all I suppose. Also, there was a lot of overlap with Ipsy and Birchbox this month. Luckily, everything but the lipgloss will get used.

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IN WHICH - The girls discuss the pros and cons of Julep - the monthly nail polish subscription service -  while taking a gander at Bekah’s June Mystery Box; Amy takes full responsibility for leading Bekah down the slippery slope of subscription beauty boxes; Bekah expresses her desire for Amy to give up one of the TWO full sized Stila products she got from Birchbox, and they wrap up with a slightly dirty joke.