There’s no shortage of subscription boxes on the market these days. You can pretty much get everything from lingerie to pet treats delivered to you on a monthly basis. So when it comes to sorting through which subscription boxes make the most sense to review for you all, I take my curating job very seriously. When ESSENCE announced they were starting a new beauty box subscription service, immediately I was intrigued. Considering how much I love the magazine and the editors behind it, I knew this would be a well-curated box. Essence Beauty Box exceeded my expectations.
I received a Bonnie Box from the love, Aunt Bonnie team for review after attending the Cosmoprof launch event in NYC. For those of you who are into well-curated beauty boxes, this one might be of interest for you. There are nice sized versions of at least (5) different products of interest for multicultural beauties. Here’s my quick synopsis of this specially curated “Tones of Beauty” Bonnie Box (with a few products you might get inside):
If you’re anything like me the thought of adding another step to your beauty regimen sounds daunting. I’ll admit I love beauty & skincare, but I also love to keep things simple. However, after years of dealing with oily skin and makeup that wouldn’t last more than a few hours I finally gave in and decided it was time to add a primer/ pore filler to my makeup arsenal. A couple months ago LBS was invited to attend the launch event for the ROC SMOOTH PERFEXION Instant Line Corrector. I had the chance to experience this product first hand and I must say it lives up to it’s hype. Keep reading if you’re interested in learning how I incorporate this product into my simple regimen.
There is nothing worse than going the extra beauty mile to make sure all of your makeup is on point only for it to melt like ice cream in the summer heat. We have five solutions to make your makeup stay put. Hello primers! Although it may seem like wearing a primer might be just one more thing on your beauty list that you have to do, the results are truly worth taking that extra step. Think of primers like the glue that will make your cosmetics stay put, leaving you free to sizzle like the hot Summer sun. Now that’s worth adding to your beauty regimen! Instead of compiling the regular list of facial primers us gals at Love Brown Sugar have gone the extra mile (right with you) to give you the beauty dish on primers for each area of the face, so your total look can be on fleek! Primers That Will
Keep reading for 5 primers that will make your summer makeup stay put!
It’s about that time ladies! Time to rock out and show the world your sexy feet and toes for the Summer season. No digits are complete without the hottest colors applied to an awesome manicure and pedicure. How do you know which colors and brands are en mode? Have no fear we at Love Brown Sugar are getting ready for the hot days ahead right along with you. We have comprised a list of the best varnish colors and companies so that you can not only look stylish but support Black owned nail polish companies while you floss your perfectly polished talons.
Spring is officially in full swing! We reached out to celebrity makeup artist Billy Gene for the scoop on spring trends and expert tips for everyday makeup. Billie Gene has worked with celebs such as Keke Palmer, Tia Mowery, and Jennifer Hudson just to name a few. We had the chance to chat about spring trends for everyday women like you and me.
1. What are some of your favorite beauty/makeup trends for Spring 2015?
This season is all about pretty powerful pouts, think Kylie Jenner or Kerry Washington! Keeping the palette neutral and putting all the attention to mouth is the primary focus for achieving this look. Try an orangey red or fuchsia on the lips for a daring look. I also love the focus on skin this season. Using just enough foundation for coverage but still being able to see the skin through it. This gives the face a flawless finish with a healthy glow.
2. What are the 3 makeup essentials every woman should have in her purse/makeup bag?
Every woman should always have a lash defining mascara, a neutral lip-gloss, and a coverage building concealer. With these 3 things at minimum you can conquer the world.
3. Most women of color struggle with finding the perfect foundation shade for their skin complexion. What tips do you have for finding the correct color? What are some of your favorite foundations for your clients?
Foundation shopping can be extremely difficult and I didn’t realize this until a few weeks ago when I ventured out into the market to find some fresh new products. Take advice from the beauty expert but also use your own expertise. First you want to determine your skin’s undertone, look at the back of the wrist to determine if you see more golden tones or warmer tones. This will help a great deal when choosing a color. However, don’t be afraid of buying two shades, sometimes by mixing you will create your perfect shade. Also recognize that your face may also be a few different shades as most African-American women have hyperpigmentation, but have no worries just focus on matching the color that is most dominant on the face.
Some my favorite foundations include Nars Sheer Luminous Glow, Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation and Make up Forever HD Foundation.
4. Highlighting and contouring has been become very popular. What tips do you have for everyday women who want to recreate that look?
Try highlighting only 1-2 shades above your skin tone, you want to keep this looking as natural and effortless as possible. Contouring is great skill for slimming the face and adding more dimensions. When applying this look be sure to diffuse out the line so it will look soft and natural.
5.When working with celebrities like Keke Palmer, how do you ensure that the makeup look stays fresh all day long?
For makeup that will stay fresh and last all day it is very important to primp and prime. These first steps are essential to how the make-up will look on the skin and how long it will last. I’m big on eye cream before concealer; this prevents dryness underneath the eye area. If you’re going for a long wear look I strongly suggest the use of a foundation primer, which is great for hiding pores, fine lines and/or texture.
6. We’ve seen KeKe Palmer rocking a very subtle smokey eye and rosy pinks lips lately. What tips do you have for brown skin women who want to wear pink lipstick? What are some of your favorite brands of pink lipstick?
Keke love’s pink lips!!! When choosing your pink lip, remember that your lip liner is your friend and helps with balancing out the pink especially if you have fuller lips. I also suggest using a brown liner very close to skin tone if needed. Some of my favorite brands that carry pink lipsticks include Lancôme Lipstick Love It, Mac Lipgloss Ample Pink, and Nars Lipstick Catfight.
To learn more about makeup artist Billie Gene check him out on Instagram.
I’ve raved about Glossybox before so you guys should know I’m a huge fan. Amidst the many beauty subscription boxes out there, they always show me the coolest and most unique beauty items from across the globe. I love that their curated picks are always items I’ll know I want full-size of or that I can use as travel size must-haves in my purse.
What I love even more than all that is special boxes like their Glossybox Holiday 2014 box with FULL size products. It doesn’t get any better than that.
For $40, Glossybox is offering full size beauty products from some pretty amazing brands. The three that immediately caught my eye were Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, The Lip Bar and NCLA – three really dope beauty brands that I’m familiar with.
In the Glossybox you’ll find OCC Loose Color in Smote. OCC has some really amazing and highly-pigmented products so I was pleasantly surprised to see them in the box. I put their loose colour on my eyelids and they instantly had a glow.
As soon as I unwrapped this red velvet box my eyes were drawn to the NCLA Nail Lacquer in “Satin Sheets, Velvet Ropes”. It’s the perfect holiday red – a little vampy with a touch of shine.
And The Lip Bar is another fave of mine. They are a black-owned lipstick company that makes really hot, pigmented lip colors and is focused on safe, natural ingredients.
I haven’t seen a Glossybox this loaded in a while so you should snatch them up before they’re gone!
Admit it. At some point in your life (maybe even still) you considered yourself a product junkie. You know, a master hoarder of products – whether it be hair grease, lipstick, nail polish, or granola bars. It’s okay, you can admit it. Repeat after me. “Hello, my name is (insert your name). And I’m a product junkie…”
Well, every vice has a remedy. And if you’re the type to purchase products to try them out and then end up keeping them for years without touching them, you may want to consider subscribing to a monthly box service. Beauty boxes aren’t for everyone. If you’re the type to find ONE product and use it for the rest of your life, beauty boxes aren’t for you. They’re best for the customer who likes to experiment, try new things, and DISCOVER. That’s the key. So here’s a top 6 list of my favorite boxes on the market (in no particular order):
Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Last week, I introduced you guys to a brand new beauty subscription service for women of color called Cocotique.
I’m a big fan of the service because I think they offer well-curated products and items that are well worth the $20/month price tag. Well, in addition to snagging yourself a subscription, Cocotique makes a really great gift for the lady in your life who’s beauty-obsessed.
This past September, a new beauty box emerged on the scene called Cocotique. With all the beauty box samples I’ve received since the “box craze” has begun, I decided to try a new approach with this one and wait a few months to see how I like the monthly boxes before doing a formal review. What I’ve found with some startup box services is that the first box is always amazing and then they begin to trail off little by little each month.
Cocotique, a deluxe beauty box subscription service for women of color, was nice enough to gift me with a three month subscription starting in September. I’m happy to say that their boxes have been consistently interesting and, I think, worth the money a subscriber would pay to receive them. Here are my initial thoughts: