September is here which means summer is (unofficially) over! It’s starting to cool down. Pumpkin spice everything is just round the corner. The leaves are going to start changing. And it’s (finally) time to chuck my sandals to the back of the closet in favor of cute riding boots. I can’t wait! But before we kick summer to the curb, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite, summer beauty discoveries.
Last Friday, March’s Essence Beauty Box arrived and it was a fabulous way to end a pretty rough week! The Essence Beauty Box is curated by the folks at Essence magazine so all the products selected are targeted towards Black women and our unique hair, skin and beauty needs.
|I don’t have the prettiest nails and taking nail pictures is hard. Don’t hate. I’m doing this because I love you.|
I don’t usually wear pink/berry polishes on my hands, but this is a super cute color. And it’s completely opaque in one coat! What I really like about is the packaging-the box is stunning. It’s a shame the design didn’t continue all over the bottle. I was a little disappointed that the tips chipped as quickly as the did, in the picture above that chipping was after less than 24 hours! I also noticed that it “transferred.” If I scrapped my desk or a piece of paper I got magenta streaks all over it. Weird and totally not OK.
What’s the most you’d pay for a subscription box? Do the perks of Wantable balance out the price? Tell me in the comments!
Earlier this year, Sousin was judging me in Target because I’m always loosing lip gloss and lip balms, hence my reason for hoarding them. While I browsing for conditioner, she disappeared for a bit and suddenly stuck eos’ Lemon Drop Lip Balm in my face and said-“if you lose this, you’re actually hopeless. It’s yellow. It’s round. You’re a lost cause if this disappears.”
And as you can see from the 10 pan challenge, I didn’t lose it. In fact, I finished it and as soon as the 10 empties challenge was over I bought their Medicated Tangerine one and thus created a monster. Say what? Well, if you follow me on instagram (wait, you don’t? weirdo) you already know that I now own six of these lip balms. Yes, six. Because I can’t bear the idea of running out and I got an amazing deal on them. And by amazing I mean ah-mah-zing, I got 5 for just over $10 and they usually retail for $3 a pop!
So, I’m a bit of an addict. And I’m ok with that because I have super chapped lips naturally. And by “super chapped” we’re talking my lips get cracked to the point they bleed for no reason. And nothing keeps them moisturized the way these puppies do.
When you twist the little ball open you will be greeted by a dome of product (as you can see from the image above, I’ve been using this pretty regularly). And there is a surprising amount of product in here! Your standard Chapstick is about 0.15 oz so this is almost double it at 0.25 oz but it doesn’t take up any more space in your purse/bag. Sure you won’t be able to stuff it in your pocket due to the shape but since most women’s garments don’t have functional pockets to begin with that’s not a huge issue.
This product smells exactly like you would expect “medicated tangerine” to smell like. In a good way. It’s light and fruity enough to be noticeable but not medicated enough to make you gag. And it tastes pretty good too. Based on the name I was expecting a strong cold medicine flavor but this doesn’t have it. Yes, it does taste medicinal vitamin C-y but it’s nothing too terrible.
But most importantly, this works. If I put this on at night, I wake up in the morning with baby smooth lips. If I put it on in the morning on my way to work, my lips stay super hydrated until the end of the day. It’s amazing. I’ve never had a product work this well for me before and I know I’m going to be sticking with it!
Well, unless one of it’s sisters are better. Then all bets are off.
Have you tried eos lip balms? Are you a fan? Tell me in the comments!
Advertised: eos lip balm in Medicated Tangerine is 95% natural and packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized and protected.
- Immediately soothes and restores moisture
- Anti-bacterial protection
- 95% natural
- Vitamins, zinc and shea butter
- Smoothes on clear
- Precisely glides on lips
- Twist-off top
- Petrolatum and paraben-free
Price: $3-5 for 0.25 oz
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Phenol 0.5%. Inactive ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D’abeille), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Flavor (Aroma), Zinc Oxide, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Component of Natural Flavor.
Imma tell you a secret. I love the Wizard of Oz and all it’s spin offs (The Wiz is hands down the best of them all and if you haven’t seen it go watch it immediately. It’s practically the weekend, you have no excuses!) And even though I love the series/franchise, I don’t plan on ever seeing Oz because the Wizard of Oz is not about, and should never be about dudes. Period. And James Franco? SERIOUSLY?! But before I go too far on that tangent, let’s talk about this GORGEOUS Urban Decay palette inspired by the movie.
Because of the #10panchallenge I held off on picking this palette up and tried to avoid any of the promo material because I knew I would fall in love with it the moment I saw it because hello fangirl. But one day, I walked into Sephora did a few swatches and..Well..This palette came home with me. The gorgeous packaging, seriously, look at it, the eyeshadow colors everything. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t get more creative with the colors (it’s freaking OZ go NUTS!) but let’s be real here, how many of us would actually get to use a palette that embraced the world of color and imagination on a day to day basis?
For all my super savers: Each eyeshadow is full-sized (6 x $18) + the Build Your Own Palette container ($18) + the Super-Saturated High Gloss Color ($19) + a 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil, which for the sake of my math, I’m counting as a full sized product since it’s a 0.01oz difference ($19). So, this bad boy is valued at $146. This number is a little off because the Build Your Own Palette container does come with a single eyeshadow exclusive to the palette (already factored in) and a traveled sized brush that I can’t ID the price for since it’s not available on it’s own. Regardless, the value of this set is almost double what you’re paying for. Not bad Urban Decay, not bad at all.
All of the eyeshadows in the palette are limited edition, which is a big plus in my book-more of a reason to look into this. But ‘Theodora,” the Super-Saturated High Gloss Color is not. It’s F-Bomb renamed so if you fall head over heels for it you can pick that up separately.
Urban Decay recently redid their eye shadows formula and I don’t know what magic they did, but they made near perfect eye shadows. All of them (with the exception of Spell) were buttery and go one without any effort. These are also some of the few shadows I can wear without a primer for more than 3 hours without visible creasing. Which is impressive because the shadows from my Naked palette crease on me sans primer in 1.5 hours.
Onto the swatches:
My favorites in this set are Bewitch (dark charcoal brown satin) and West (deep metallic brown) with Beware (warm brown matte-a my skin but better shade. Great for natural looks) following up close behind. I had the most trouble with Spell (2 shades in 1: black satin w/green and gold shimmer and gold metallic w/tonal glitter). The glitter is extremely chunky and kind of a pain to work with. Other than that, I had no complaints with the rest of the colors! Broken (pale cream satin) is a stunning highlight on the brow bone or the inner corner of the eye. And Jealous (2 shades in 1: pale green pearl and dark green pearl) is just good to have around, you never know when you’re gonna need a pretty pearly green shadow!
Zero, the black eyeliner that comes most Urban Decay palettes was kind of a let down. I knew it wasn’t that dark because they came out with Perversion which is their For Real No Joke Dark As Night In Mad Axe Men Woods Black. But after owning so black drugstore pencils that are inky black, this was just “meh.” Not bad to have, but I won’t be reaching for it too much and I wouldn’t pick it up.
Theodora, the lip crayon, was an interesting one. I’m not too sure how I feel about it. Urban Decay describes it as a “Rich and creamy lipstick with insane amounts of high-gloss shine,” which it is. But it’s really tacky. And I hate that. The color is stunning. And it’s really easy to layer for something super bright and vibrant or just a bit for a wash. But it’s a literal pencil. You have to sharpen it with a pencil sharpener which means a lot of wasted product.
And finally, the how-to style card. I was originally kind of hesitant about it because well, I’m not Mila Kunis and I wasn’t sold on how these colors would “work” in the same arrangement. But I was pretty pleased! You get a really soft, clean and natural day time look! Of course, to make it more day time appropriate, I went easy on the lipstick.
Personally, if I had to redo the look, I would keep Broken on the brow bone but pack West on the entire lid, Beware in the crease, Bewitch with a tennie bit of the black side of Spell on the outer V, and the gold half of Spell on the center of the lid for an extra highlight. Finish the look off with some black liquid eyeliner and tightline with an inky black (aka any of the other black pencils that isn’t Zero). And boom. Instant gorgeous.
Overall, I love this palette. At this point, I’m calling my eyeshadow collection complete because of it. I have all the colors I’ll ever want or need. It’s a great buy that I know I won’t be regretting.
Ingredients: Eyeshadow: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ptfe, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. May contain: Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).
Super-Saturated High Gloss Color: Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Isocetyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Synthetic Beeswax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol.
24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil: Cyclopentasiloxane, C11-12 Isoparaffin, Paraffin, Polybutene, Buxus Chinensis, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Ceresin, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol
Price: $49 for 6 full sized eyeshadow, one Super-Saturated High Gloss Color, a small 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil and a How To card