Just like hair products, I think that reading ingredients is absolutely imperative when it comes to skincare. There are ingredients that I’ve found that my skin doesn’t particularly like, and it needs different things depending on the climate. The skincare industry is a huge part of the beauty industry, especially for women, and brands have no issue capitalizing off of this and jacking up their prices, promising to give us products that make our skin perfect and can make a 60-year old look 30. But are these all worth it? Check out my review of Estee Lauder and Cosmedix products below, two prestige skincare brands. I also discuss ingredients and what you can look for in your products.
So – I’ve never claimed to be a MUA. In fact, I really just started getting into makeup when I started my IG page, dupeBLACK, a couple of years ago when I noticed how many people weren’t aware of how many black-owned brands there are out there. In my 20s, I was basically a powder/mascara/lipstick gal, and I *gasp* applied eyeshadow with those horrid sponge thingies. You can even check out my old videos and see! Actually, no, don’t check. 🙂
But what I have always been good at is being shimmery and glittery. For as long as I can remember, my nickname had some kind of glitter, fairy, or pixie-ish type word in it. I just think shimmer and shine makes the world a happier place. Unfortunately, I tried the Fenty Beauty Body Lava over the past weekend, and it just wasn’t my jam. The shimmer and microglitter were very pretty, but the consistency was not my preference, as I found it sticky and heavy. And trust me, I only applied a little.
Luckily, my shimmer game stays on point, so I wanted to offer my favorite alternatives to the Body Lava, whether you want a different formula or prefer a less expensive product. Check ’em out.
Oh yes loves, a skincare post! Over the past month or so, I’ve talked about my current obsession with skincare, especially natural skincare and learning about the benefits of plant actives. Blame it on my new book boo, Plant-Powered Beauty. I’ve been learning a lot – mainly how just like the makeup industry, the skincare industry plays us for our coins everyday and sells us products that aren’t actually beneficial for our skin (looking at you, silicones) or overcharges like crazy for natural ingredients because of the brand (like I always say though – if you want it, get it).
I started buying multiple products from brands that I can get locally, like Mad Hippie, Acure, Whamisa by Glow Recipe, Dessert Essence, and more. But then I thought, “I have so many black-owned brands that sell skincare, why not check them out?” Over the past few days I’ve been searching and jonesing for all kinds of products, but I…can’t buy them yet. Why? Because it’s not the best idea to add ten new products to your skincare routine at once. I’m assessing this current regimen I have going for the next few weeks, but I wanted to share these products with you and why I want them. Check them out below.