An Interview with Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah, the founders of Sabreen Cosmetics

Hello everyone!

I had the opportunity to get to know the lovely sisters who founded the brand Sabreen Cosmetics in honor of their late aunt who lost her fight with breast cancer. The brand strives to offer products that are safe and fun.

Sabreen Cosmetics is Vegan, Cruelty free and PETA certified. Here is the interview with Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah,the women behind Sabreen Cosmetics!

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Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah, founders of Sabreen Cosmetics

Starting Sabreen Cosmetics to honor your aunt is very touching! Tell us more about your journey to starting Sabreen Cosmetics

We wanted to create a brand to honor our aunt’s legacy and her love for cosmetics and health. During our research we found that there was a need for clean beauty products for women of color, and that inspired us more to build our brand.

As a black owned brand, what are some of the challenges you have faced so far in your journey?

One of the challenges was finding a manufacturer who would accommodate our needs. We faced many no’s but we never gave up. Every step of the way literally was a NO! But, through persistence we made it happen!

When did you all get interested in makeup?

Honestly, growing up we were always into beauty. We all love hair, make-up, and skin care as collectively, so it was natural for us to want to create a brand for ourselves. Our biggest inspirations come from our parents and my aunt Nabeehah Sabreen, whom our brand is named after.

Sabreen Cosmetics has some unique liquid lipstick shades. How did you go about finalizing the 12 colors currently sold on your website?

We wanted to create shades that would fit the many skin tones of women of color. We wanted to have shades that ranged from light to dark, and could accommodate the many looks that our Sabreen Queens might want to create during their day to day lives. Whether it’s for the workplace, date night or at the beach, we have a shade for you!

All the shades look like they are named after women. Are there real women behind these shade names?

Yes ALL of the names are real women. 3 of them are named after us the owners, and others family members and friends.

What do you all enjoy doing the most as founders of Sabreen?

We enjoy watching the brand grow, empowering women and educating them on importance of clean beauty. We also enjoy seeing our Sabreen Queens slaying in our Sabreen Liquid Matte Enhancers! They always look AMAZING!

Which are your personal favorite shades?

Taj and Kareemah are our favorites. But honestly they are all our favorites!

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start their own beauty brand?

Our advice would be to create plan and stick to it, never take NO for answer, and never be afraid to go outside the box.

What is next for Sabreen Cosmetics?

Sabreen Cosmetics will be releasing more clean beauty products in the summer and fall of 2019 for our Sabreen Queens. Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter at sabreencosmetics.com for our latest updates!

Stay tuned for a post reviewing products from Sabreen Cosmetics coming next!

Until next time,ciao!!

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Lucy B’s Beauty: Brand Review

Hello everyone!

If you did not get a chance to catch up on my previous post HERE, do check it out! I had the opportunity to interview the co founder and CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty! Today I want to share with you some of the lovely products the brand has to offer. Let’s talk about my favorite product first, the Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil!

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Lucy B’s Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil

This is what I’d call Spring in a bottle! It was really nice to receive this in the mail a day before a snowstorm hit us. It reminded me of spring which is my favorite time of the year. Not only does this look beautiful on your bath room counter this guy provides some serious moisture to the skin.

This oil can be used in a variety of ways, a face oil, adding a few drops to your bath water or using it right after your bath. I personally like to use this when I step out of the shower and just rub it on my damp skin. The result is supple hydrated skin!

The oil is a bend of Argan oil, Sunflower seed oil, Vitamin E, Rose Geranium Essential oil, Organic Rose buds and Lucy B’s signature Australian Flower essences (Boab, Five Corners, Dog Rose, Sturt Desert Rose and Southern Cross). The ingredients sound great don’t they?!

The smell of the rose body oil is not strong, in fact it is extremely subtle that even someone who generally doesn’t like rose scented products (I’m looking at you mom..if you’re reading this :D) can use this. In case you don’t like anything with rose in it they do offer a lavender bath and body oil too!

The other product Lucy kindly sent me, is a lip gloss from their Apothecary collection. I always have a lip gloss hanging around in my bag (or diaper bag these days!) especially during the colder months. I always like to use a lip gloss to provide some instant hydration when on the go and this one does the job nicely.

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Lucy B’s tinted lip gloss in Cocoa berry

The gloss also has a nice vanilla scent to it. It is a bit sticky but in the winter months I do not mind it so much. I really like the shade cocoa berry. They offer their tinted glosses in 3 other shades in addition to this. Do check out their website .

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Cocoa berry swatched

Overall, I really enjoyed both the products I received from Lucy B’s Beauty. The Hydra Bloom Rose oil makes an amazing gift and the gloss is a nice staple for on the go touch ups. I am looking forward to trying out Lucy B’s shimmer oils once it’s summer!

Have you tried anything from Lucy B’s Beauty? If not what would you like to try?

Until next time, ciao!!

 

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Dirty Mind Cosmetics Lipsticks

Hello folks!!

Today I want to introduce you guys to a brand that delivers great products, is inspired by pop culture but has a bit of naughtiness sprinkled all over 😉 I like that the brand celebrates and encourages you to be your true self and oh their lipstick formula is the bomb!

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Dirty Mind Cosmetics Lipsticks

Let us start with the packing. The lipsticks are housed in an elegant matte black square tube and have a magnetic closure. That click sound is always music to my ears :). The packaging reminds me of Kosas lipsticks and feels high end.

Dirty mind cosmetics very kindly sent me 4 of their shades and I love the variety they offer! These lipsticks are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and the formula is described as semi matte.

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The 4 shades from Dirty Mind Cosmetics

I fell in love with the formula of these lipsticks 🙂 They glide on so smoothly, and deliver full pigment on your lips with a singe swipe. The semi matte formula is very comfortable on the lips too. I did not experience any drying of my lips from using these lipsticks for a full week continuously (It is really cold and dry where I live and so I am even more impressed by this!).  They also wear away in a uniform fashion so it looks okay even if you do not reapply after a meal. The formula is comparable to many high end lipsticks I have tried.

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Swatches of the Dirty Mind Cosmetics lipsticks

The darkest shade of the lot is carpet matches the drapes and surprisingly this turned out to be a favorite! This is definitely not an every day shade for me but I love the rich color and it looks great for a girls night out! I get compliments every time I wear this shade.

The swatches above are all single swipe swatches and you can see how pigmented these lipsticks are! Heart on and Just the tip are probably the shades everyone will gravitate towards for everyday wear. The shade Red Rocket is a beautiful warm red shade. The formula is consistent across all these shades and I really appreciate that. Many a times I have come across lipsticks where the lighter or darker shades are more patchy or uneven compared to the rest of the shades in the collection.

They have 2 more shades in their collection, a real dark shade called BJ and a purple mauve shade called Wanna Scissor. I would love to see them release more shades since their formula is excellent!!

Overall, I really enjoy these lipsticks and highly recommend them. Do check out their website HERE to see the other shades they offer!

 

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The Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you all, my thoughts on a body lotion I picked up a few months back from the brand Jason. I was filling up my basket online at feelunique and in order to qualify for a free gift/sample I added this body lotion 😀 to my cart. I think I paid somewhere between 8-10$ for this.

Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion
Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion

As you can see from the picture of the tube, they do not use parabens, Petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates in their products. They also have the leaping bunny certification so it is cruelty free too! The picture of the apricot (I love apricots and anything that smells like apricots) and the promise of intense moisture for extremely dry skin sucked me right in. Unfortunately, the lotion was kinda meh 😦

The smell of the lotion was not exactly what I had in mind. It did not smell fresh and light, rather it smelt like shampoo/ conditioner to me. Yes, it was an apricot scent but too chemical/synthetic for my taste. The intense moisture for extremely dry skin claim did not pan out so well either in my case. I used this in the dead of winter and it did not provide moisture that lasted more than 3 hours. The big plus about this lotion is that it is non greasy and light on the skin and I think maybe that is the reason it did not work for me in the winter.

Now that my skin is less dry and more normal, it does seem moisturizing. So I think, this works well for those with normal skin as opposed to extremely dry skin as they claim on the tube.

Ingredient List
Ingredient List

The tube also claims to brighten skin due to the addition of apricot and almond oils which again I didn’t really notice. If you take a look at the ingredients list the main moisturizing ingredients in the lotion is glycerin and glycerin derivatives. The apricot and almond oil are buried somewhere in the middle of list, which is probably why their brightening effects are not so evident when using this lotion.

Overall, to me this is an average body lotion which did not wow me. I like the non greasy feel and therefore will use it up in the coming warmer months.

Have you tried anything from the brand? Do let me know if I am missing out on anything awesome from them 🙂

Until next time…ciao!!

Around the world via beauty products; Kissed by Maui lipsticks from Hawaii!

Hey there everyone!

I have been running this series on the blog for a while now and I am excited to bring you a brand which is from the home country 🙂 I have not been to Hawaii, but hope to visit at some point..but for the time being I am absolutely enjoying some lipsticks made by hand in Hawaii by the cruelty free brand Kissed by Maui.

Kissed by Maui lipsticks
Kissed by Maui lipsticks

First off, lets take a moment to admire the packaging! I love the sturdy bamboo tube with the brand name and logo engraved on the wood. They come with a pink ribbon around the lid along with the list of ingredients (which is an awesome ingredient list in my opinion..jojoba oil and shea butter are my favorite moisturizing agents). The 2 shades that I got are Paradise Pink and Haleakala Nights.

Paradise Pink is your everyday blue toned pink lipstick which I feel might be one of their popular colors. It is the perfect shade for spring and summer!

Kissed by Maui lipstick in Paradise Pink
Kissed by Maui lipstick in Paradise Pink

The second shade is not your average lipstick shade 😀 Take a look at Haleakala Nights!

Kissed by Maui lipstick in Haleakala Nights
Kissed by Maui lipstick in Haleakala Nights

In the tube, this shade looks like a mix of brown,black and red with some blue-green duo chrome action going on. I was quite surprised with the swatch since I did not expect the shade to turn out so …mild looking :D! I was expecting vampy goth red black! Although it looks brown in the swatch and on my lips, this is actually a nice complex shade with the light picking up the blue green sheen very subtly. My lips are naturally quite pigmented so this might come off looking really dark on paler lips. I am currently loving this shade, its a nude dark shade which can work as your fall time nude lip 🙂

I really can’t think of any cons about these lipsticks. They apply beautifully and last 5 -6 hours with light eating and drinking. They have a creamy finish with a sheen (neither glossy nor matte) and do not dry my lips. In fact, I did wear Haleakala Lights without a lip balm underneath a couple of times and it was very comfortable! The date of manufacture is also listed underneath the tube of lipstick and I feel that is helpful when you want to keep a check on the expiry of your lip products (esp when you have plenty!!).

If your one of those who love to support small local business this holiday season, I think these lipsticks make fabulous stocking stuffers! I am thinking of picking some up for friends since they are packaged well and the product is fantastic too! I believe they are currently available only through their website : www.kissedbymaui.com

Hope your having a great day! Until next time ciao!!

 

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Brand Focus: Zao Organic Makeup (discount code for readers!)

Hello!!

Are you looking for a makeup brand that is cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, uses biodegradable reusable packaging and is certified by Ecocert, CosmoBio, Cruelty free international and campaign for safe cosmetics?..look no further my friend! let me introduce you to the wonderful world of Zao makeup! Its not every day you come across a brand like that now is it? 😉  Zao makeup is an Italian brand that has an entire range of color cosmetics from foundations to eyeshadows to mascara; all made from  naturally derived ingredients! I had the opportunity to chose some products to review on the blog and I decided to check out 2 of their lip products; a lip polish and a matte lipstick.

Zao makeup lip polish in Burgundy
Zao makeup lip polish in Burgundy

1. Lip Polish in Burgundy

Before we talk about anything else..lets take a minute to admire the beautiful bamboo tube! I absolutely adore the packaging. I was sent just the tube, but if you were to purchase this from their website, the tube comes in a pretty cotton pouch! Out of the 2 products, I was most excited to try this since so far I have had no luck with natural lip gloss type products. The Lip Polish is described as a lip lacquer which is opaque and glossy on the lips. The applicator is a doe foot type applicator and I am impressed with how pigmented it is! One swipe and I got a nice opaque lustrous coat of color on my lips.

Burgundy Lip Polish; Swatch and on the lips!
Burgundy Lip Polish; Swatch and on the lips!

I really enjoyed wearing this lip polish throughout the day; it did not bleed outside the lip line and it was lightweight, non sticky and super comfy on the lips! I feel this shade is perfect for fall ! It comes out looking more berry toned on my lips compared to the swatch so the final shade might depend on your natural lip color. They do say that this can be used on top of a lipstick, so you can always manipulate the final shade on your lips by changing up your base color. As far as the staying capacity is concerned, I think the lip polish did a good job! The shine did wear off with eating and drinking throughout the day but the color did stick around. Once the gloss wears off, it looks like a matte stain ( which also looks cool in my opinion!).

Overall, I am impressed with the lip polish! It does not dry out my lips and is not so over moisturizing that it feels slippery and goopy. Oh one more thing… This shade makes my teeth look whiter than normal! yay!!

2. Matte Lipstick in Old Pink

The past couple of months has seen me gravitate more towards matte lip products and I am happy to add this to my growing matte lip products collection. The shade I picked up is called old pink. Zao makeup sent me their refill tube. If you like, you can purchase the lipsticks with the bamboo case or just the refills. I think its a neat concept! You can always swap out your old lipstick for a new one and reuse the lovely bamboo case.

Matte lipstick in Old Pink
Matte lipstick in Old Pink

Here below is how the lipstick looks like in the bamboo case if you were to purchase lipstick with the bamboo packaging.

 

Matte Lipstick - 8 color options

I tried this lipstick out in 2 ways; with a lip balm underneath and without it. In both cases the lipstick feels really lightweight on the lips, however without the lip balm my lips did start feeling dry after maybe 5 to 6 hours of wear time. Again, the pigmentation like the case of the lip polish  is awesome..there was still a reasonable amount of color on my lips after eating and drinking. I do feel that with a lip balm underneath the color was more vivid and my lips felt great till the end of the day. So if you are prone to dry lips like me  make sure to dab on some lip balm!

Matte lipstick in old pink; swatch and on the lips!
Matte lipstick in old pink; swatch and on the lips!

The color is a nice blue toned cool pink as you can see from the picture above. Overall, I like the matte lipstick since it works really well for me when paired with a lip balm. If you live in an area that isn’t dry and cold you might be able to get away with no lip balm underneath!! 😉

Zao makeup has quite a few different types of lip products alone..so if you wish to explore the brand even further check out their website at www.zaoorganicmakeup.com. Zao makeup was kind enough to provide a discount code for all of you…so in case something catches your fancy use the Promo Code: ZAO914 (case sensitive) for a 15% discount! You can also follow them on Facebook and twitter as well to keep up with new releases and news!

Until next time…ciao!!

 

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