Buff Her Exfoliator
Why I loved it: I loved this exfoliator because it really helped with skin texture. The exfoliator is made with rice powder which is a gentle for the skin. Aside from the product, I love that the product is hand made, black-owned and the brand has multiple flavours to choose from and for multiple skin types
Why I loved it: I’m someone with really oily skin. I noticed after using this product for sometime that my skin was less oily. It also helped to reduce skin texture and reduce the size of my pores. The top of the packaging has a small opening which is very convenient because it allows you to control how much product you want to dispense at a time.
Fenty Beauty Bronzer
Why I loved it: I’m a die-hard fan of Fenty beauty! I always look forward to the products they come out with each year and they never disappoint. Last year, the bronzer they came out with was a winner for me. The octagon shape is theme in Fenty beauty’s branding. I use the shade Coco Naughty. I love this shade because it has a neutral undertone.
Jackie Aina x ABH palette
Why I loved it: I have to say, this, is my favourite product of 2019 or probably this decade. An actual eyeshadow palette that is formulated for black women, I stan! I love this palette so much because other than the fact that I’m a huge Jackie Aina fan, the colours she choose for the palette are very wearable. It has a good mixture of colours that can be worn for an every day look and pops of colours such as the purple, pinks and reds. Overall, I think it’s such a beautiful palette that definitely gets a lot of love in my collection.
Huda Beauty Nude Palette
Why I loved it: Before the Jackie Aina Palette came out, I was always reaching for this palette. I’d been really wanting a palette with a pink colour scheme and the nude palette did just that. I loved that the palette has a variety of textures from mattes, shimmers, multi-reflective shadows and glitters. My only thing with this palette was that I wished there were a few deeper shades for darker-skinned WOC.
Velour Lashes Lash Glue
Why I loved it: I’ll admit, I’m not the best lash applier. I put on the glue and then try to get it on my lash as fast as I can. Eventually, the corners start to pop off at the ends or I just can’t get it exactly on my lash line. The Velour lash glue has been amazing for me. The applicator makes it easy to apply on the lash and it’s easy to clean my lashes. It also lasts a pretty long time because it has a lot of product.
Laura Mercier Concealer
Why I loved it: This Concealer worked really well for me. It’s described as a medium coverage concealer. I like that because I enjoy building up the coverage. It also was easy to blend out and gave a smoothing effect to the fine lines under my eyes. I also liked that this concealer has a natural finish which is good for not drying out the under eye area. I do think that the shade range could be improved to include darker shades for different undertones.
Why I loved it: My favourite Lip gloss is the MAC x Arianna Grande gloss that they made a few years ago. I’ve been hoping that MAC would relaunch it. The closest dupe that I’ve found is the colour Spite which is just a bit more opaque and a little darker than the Arianna Grande one. I also found a few other lip glosses from Mac that I loved such as Dangerous Curves and Primordial. I like the MAC lip glosses because they are opaque and the formula is thick which makes it long-wearing.
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish
Why I loved it: One day I was scrolling through Instagram and fell upon @courtneybbeauty ‘s page. I really wanted to know what bronzer she used and saw that it was Sunpower by Mac. Ever since I’ve bought this bronzer, it’s been another fav for me. I love the warmth this bronzer gives my skin tone. Mac describes it as a natural dimensional finish and I’d have to agree.
Mielle Organics Deep Conditioner
Why I loved it: I used to be convinced that the thicker the conditioner the more moisturizing it is. The Babassu Oil and Mint Deep conditioner proved me wrong. This deep conditioner has a lightweight feel on the hair and is very moisturizing. I love that the deep conditioner also has protein to strengthen the hair too. The price of this product is also on the steep side but a little goes a long way. I’m always waiting for this product to go on sale.
Edge Booster Edge Control
Why I loved it: This edge control has really raised the standard. When have you ever heard of an edge control lasting 2 days??? I’ll wait! I remember the first time I used this edge control and tied my head up for the night, the next day my edges were still intact! I’ve never experienced this with an edge control before! I love that it’s a water-based edge control and it comes in at least 15 scents, so there’s a scent that everyone will love. I saw on instagram, they have a styling gel as well but unfortunately, it’s not available in Canada. I hope one day it is.
As I am Twist-Out Cream
Why I loved it: No matter what I do, I always get frizzy hair. I’ve learned to accept it but if I find a product that gives definition, I won’t be mad. The As-I-Am twist-out cream did that for me. It gave me nice definition for my twist outs. It’s also very affordable which is a bonus because it’s pretty difficult to find affordable hair products that use healthy ingredients for your hair in Canada.
Juno & Co Sponge
Why I loved it: I really liked the Juno & Co sponge. It’s super soft and blends out product well too. I also love how it does a very good job of smoothing out product for my under eye area. It’s very affordable with 4 sponges for $22. I never thought I would find something that is comparable to the beauty blender but these sponges come pretty close.