Skincare is KING in my July “favorites” blog. Because I’ve been spending more time safely at home since the coronavirus touched down on American soil, I’ve really been able to focus on beauty products that target hyperpigmentation, as well as, dull and dry skin — and the results have been truly outstanding!
Not being able to visit the hair salon every 2-3 weeks has also forced me to become more comfortable with caring for my natural hair without the help of a pro. Conditioning hair masks and lightweight oils have done wonders for maintaining hydrated and shiny locks.
For those rare occasions when I do need to put on makeup (read: Zoom calls with Rihanna and Gabrielle Union, including an exclusive group of beauty editors), I reach for a tinted serum, lip-enhancing gloss and mascara created by the Muva of Makeup, aka Pat McGrath.
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Within three days of using this serum, I noticed an improvement in my skin‘s appearance. I apply just one dropper full of product onto my freshly cleansed and dry face (layering on right after this vitamin C serum), both morning and night. It’s super hydrating thanks to ingredients like glycerin, niacinamide and a combination of orange, lemon and sugarcane fruit extracts. The overall texture of my face and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation has dramatically improved as well. And, it’s probably thanks to the serum’s skin-smoothing and collagen-boosting combination of citric, malic and lactic acids. I highly recommend using it in conjunction with the Rose Ingleton MD Signature Moisturizer for balanced moisturizing results.
I am not a foundation girl. I prefer finely milled face powders or cream-to-powder foundations that simply even out my skin tone with minimal effort and without caking my face in product. But this tinted serum (my current shade match is Miho 17) offers the best of both skincare and makeup worlds. All it takes is just two drops to give my complexion a dewy, radiant glow. While you can most certainly apply this beauty product with your fingers, I prefer to use a small dense makeup brush to buff it into my skin for a more airbrushed effect. Bonus points for the SPF factor. However, I strongly encourage anyone to put on sunscreen separately before applying makeup.
I’ve been a fan of Noorface’s Skin Glass products ever since I was able to snag it during one of her highly anticipated drops. So when I learned that my colleague and all-around-amazing Black girl Kennedy was collaborating with the makeup artist on a limited edition lip gloss, I had to have it. The duo didn’t disappoint at all with this product, as it delivers a gorgeous fleshy-pink pigment in a non-sticky yet hydrating finish. It’s the perfect summertime lip gloss! Sorry to anyone who missed out on it!
Leave it up to makeup maestro Pat McGrath to motivate me actually wear mascara during quarantine. Thankfully, this mascara does all the heavy lifting — both literally and figuratively. All it takes is just one stroke to make my fine eyelashes appear thicker, longer and blacker than black thanks to its creamy pigment. Bravo, Pat! You’ve done it again.
Greasing my scalp was a haircare ritual growing up. But as I grew older, my scalp became more sensitive. I recently ordered this beauty product from Mielle and I must say that I’m loving it so far. I like to apply a few drops of directly onto my scalp after shampooing and conditioning. The combination of castor, lavender and grape seed oils are really soothing and hydrating. And it doesn’t make my head itch or flake at all!
I’ve preached the goodness of Innersense Organic Beauty when detailing my son JP’s wash-day routine. After noticing that my very own strands were beginning to look drier and lackluster, I applied this mask and wore for a few hours underneath a plastic cap. Allowing the “heat” to activate the hair strengthening and repairing treatment made my natural curls softer and shinier.
Drugstore and mass retailer body washes work just fine for me! One that I came upon during one of my late-nigh Amazon searches is this body wash by Alba Botanica. I was immediately intrigued by the “very emollient honey mango” tagline, especially as a beauty director who prefers moisturizing beauty products that bear a citrus aroma. My familiarity with the brand’s vegetarian and paraben-free formulas drove me to buy. But the true test was how effective it was when showering. The result? The rich lather leaves my skin feeling super clean without being stripped of its natural oils. And my body is well hydrated that I needed very little lotion post-shower.
At the start of quarantine, I had very little to no concerns about having unshaved legs or underarms. It seemed to be (and still is) last on my list of priorities. But as summer progressed and the heat made having body hair unbearable, I sought an instant solution. This shave gel by Glee is unlike any other I’ve used before. I don’t have to worry about the beauty product clogging up my razor because it distributes evenly. The formula makes for a super smooth shave while leaving my limbs and armpits incredibly soft. And the cucumber and aloe duo does wonders for maintaining moisture. Thanks to this gem, I’ve set a record for less time spent shaving.
My bathing routine would not be complete without smoothing on this shea butter created by a Black woman. Unlike others on the market, this shea butter is sourced directly from Ghana so you know what you’re getting is all natural. Plus, it’s formulated with intensely moisturizing ingredients like mango and coconut butters, as well as, grapeseed, hemp seed, avocado and almond oils. I like to emulsify it into my hands and apply to my skin post-shower for an out-of-this-world glow!
Shopping for sunscreen as a Black woman is hard. Shopping for sunscreen when you’re a dark-skinned Black woman is even harder. But this Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop has yet to fail me when it comes to sun protection that doesn’t make me look like a ghost. The matte texture and invisible finish also makes it the perfect makeup primer. A win-win situation in my beauty book!
Hey Beauties: What are some of beauty products you are loving at the moment? Let’s discuss! Sound off in the comments section below.