If you guys didn’t know – the makeup brand Black Radiance has made its way to South African shores and is being exclusively sold at Dischem. Several weeks ago I went to the store to check out what the brand had to offer and to see what items piqued my interest. I must say that my first feeling was one of underwhelm; I felt like the collection was outdated. I promptly went to check their Instagram to see if what I saw is the makeup they are selling in the US or if they brought their outdated stock to South Africa. We are definitely missing some of their newer realeases here in SA, I really hope that they have plans to bring us up to date makeup trends in the future because if they don’t, I think it will be difficult for them to make a mark in the country.
We all know how important it is to apply sunscreen on our faces on a daily basis – yes, even if it is the cloudiest day of the year. However, as a black woman buying sunscreen is not as easy as picking any brand of type off the shelf and putting it in our basket, even more difficult if you have oily skin. Some sunscreens are notorious for leaving skin oily and also leaving an ashy or blueish cast on melanated skin. Fear not, I have done some research and testing and will give you the tea of my favourite sunscreens for melanated women with oily skin.
When I heard news about the Jaclyn Hill palette in January, I just knew that I had to buy it when it launched. That date finally came along on the 21st of June which was the official launch date. The palette was sold out in 45 minutes, I was so happy to have been able to get my hands on one :). I have received questions about the intricate details of how I bought the palette and thus I have decided to write a post giving you guys all the details and the shipping times so you can get a feel for it in case you ever want to buy makeup from the US. I have also filmed a video of a makeup look I have created using the palette, peep it after the jump.
I am totally in love with my evening skincare routine, I love the feeling of taking off makeup and nourishing my skin with yummy products to help it rejuvenate during the night. I have kept a consistent skincare routine for over a year, the only things that had changed are the products that I have used and the introduction of serums from about September last year. As expensive as they are, I feel like serums have helped my skin tremendously, I am a bit obsessed with them. Read further to find out the other products that I use in my evening skincare routine.
We all know that not removing makeup at night is one of the cardinal sins that any makeup wearer can commit – just don’t do it! I strive to remove every bit of makeup on my face at the end of the day and I achieve that using a few tools and products. While using your facial cleanser is a good way to remove makeup, I like to use a makeup remover before cleansing my face just so that the cleanser can actually cleanse my skin. I have used many makeup removers in my life but I have, in the past year, moved on to using makeup remover balms instead of liquids and oils. In this post I want to highlight and compare the 2 that I have used.
I am the ultimate at home manicure DIYer, I love doing my nails at home, it’s so calming for me. Before I became mom part of my Sunday night ritual was paining my nails for the week. I loved the ritual of getting out my tools and choosing a colour to paint my nails for the week. The worst thing however about at home manicures is waiting for the polish to dry. I have looked for the best ways to get polish to dry quickly; when I was in high school I used to place my nails under running water or put them in the freezer for a while, lol. Luckily I have graduated to better ways of getting my nails to dry.