Like most of you, Target is one of my favorite places to shop, but it’s extremely dangerous. I’ll go in there for a pack of cheese and before I know it, I’ve spent $50 on hair products and makeup (especially now with The Lipbar and Coloured Raine being in stores). When I initially saw The Doux, I thought that the packaging was super cute but didn’t necessarily want to buy it (I have SO many hair products) – but then I found out they were black-owned. *Throws coins* I’ve been testing a few products from the line, and up first is their Bonita Afro Balm, which is a styling cream you can use for wash and gos and twist/braid outs. So how did it stack up? Check out my review below.
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.