42 Dubonnet : Brand Review

Hello folks!

Last week, I had posted an interview with the mother daughter duo behind the brand 42 Dubonnet. If you did not get a chance to read it,you can catch up HERE. The brand brings you the mystery and allure from the 1920’s in the form of petite makeup products which you can easily slip into your purse πŸ™‚Β  The packaging is inspired by the art deco style from the 1920’s and look stunning. It is no wonder they have won a couple of awards for their unique packaging!!

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42 Dubonnet packaging πŸ™‚

I am a sucker for packaging and it is a double win in my book when the products perform well too! 42 Dubonnet very kindly sent me 4 of their products to try and I really loved using them. I got a chance to try their Fringe Mascara, Sultry eye gel liner, Lip gloss in the shade La La Lola and the kissable lipstick in Dubonnet.

Let’s start with their eye products. I absolutely loved their mascara! If you are looking for nice fluttery lashes then this one is for you πŸ™‚ The mascara comes with a natural bristle brush and I did not notice any clumping or spidery -ness. I usually go over my lashes 3 times and sometimes even 4 and there was no clumping even then. So yay! It stays put all day- no smudging, no flaking. It holds a curl and my lashes look thick and fluttery, in other words this mascara is perfect!

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42 Dubonnet Sultry eyes gel liner and Fringe mascara

I am not a pot gel liner person (always liked felt/brush pens ) so this was the first time in years I am trying a pot gel liner. Guess what..I really like it! It is a nice jet black color and stays put all day. Again like the mascara, there was no smudging at the end of the day and the black was as intense as it was when freshly applied, even after 8 hours of wear.

The lip products were both love at first sight for me or rather love at first wear! The kissable lipstick in the shade Dubonnet is a beautiful warm red and the formula is incredibly smooth and creamy although it is matte. It feels light weight on the lips and is very pigmented. Overall, I love the shade, the texture and it does not dry my lips so I might pick up some of the other shades they offer πŸ™‚

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42 Dubonnet Irresistible Kissable Lipstick in Dubonnet and the lip gloss in La La Lola

The lip gloss in La La Lola ( love the name) is a beautiful deep purple shade with fine golden shimmers. This looks stunning on the lips on its own and feels very comfy. I did not find it to be too sticky and actually enjoyed pairing it with the lipstick ..it gave the lipstick a different depth of color! Unlike most lip glosses, this one comes with a brush instead of the doe foot applicator. I feel like you get a better controlled application with the brush.

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Swatches of the lipgloss La La Lola (top) and the lipstick in Dubonnet (bottom)

I love that the products are all made in the USA and cruelty free. Overall, the brand has some beautiful high quality products and if you would like to see what else they offer do check their website. My favorite out of these 4 products would be the mascara and the lipstick πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to the new lipstick shades they plan to release soon and would love to try their eyeshadows too πŸ™‚

Have you tried 42 Dubonnet products? If so, what are your favorites?

Hope you’ll are having a great week!

Until next time,ciao!!

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Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers

Hello folks!

Sabreen Cosmetics is a cruelty free and vegan brand started by three sisters to honor their aunt who lost her battle with cancer. Read more about their brand story in the interview I posted a few days back! Today I’d like to share with you 2 shades from their liquid matte enhancer lipstick line.

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Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers in Najiyyah (top) and Laila (bottom)

I love the packaging of these! The black box with flowers and gold detailing is a nice touch πŸ™‚ The actual tube also looks pretty with the pink and gold top.

They offer 12 shades on their website, all of them look intense, pigmentation wise and they are some unique colors. The 2 shades they kindly sent me are Najiyyah and Laila. Both these shades are totally out of my usual comfort zone but it was so much fun testing these out! The shade Najiyyah is a dark red brown which looks awesome for a night out and is my favorite out of the two. Laila is bright neon pink on my lips and I think I might wear this on its own in the summer! I also enjoyed mixing the 2 shades.

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Laila and Najiyyah swatched

From the swatches above you can see they mean business when it comes to pigmentation! On the lips, a single swipe is all you need for rich color. They dry down to a perfect matte budge proof layer within a minute after application.

I have dry lips and these don’t flake off or make my lips look like a dried prune πŸ˜€ I use a lip balm prior to using any lip product and this does not alter the formula of these guys. I am also impressed with the longevity of the matte enhancers. They stayed on quite well even after a meal..no weird flaking or bleeding.

Overall, these are quite comfortable to use and the pigmentation is amazing! Check out their website to see their other shade offerings!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

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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!!

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 websiteΒ .

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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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Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a chance to read my interview post (HERE) featuring the founder of Skinzi Cosmetics, Barby Espiritu. She describes her journey from being a quality engineer to starting her own liquid lipstick brand. They have beautiful matte liquid lipsticks which are specifically for those of us who suffer from dry lips. I typically do not wear liquid matte lipsticks (you can see that I have barely mentioned any on my blog) because of my dry lips. I was therefore really interested in trying out Skinzi’s liquid lipsticks. They currently offer 4 shades on their website and plan to expand their shade range soon!

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Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

I really like the packaging of these lipsticks! They are unique and stand out in the sea of liquid lipsticks on the market πŸ™‚ I also think the initial colors they are offering are well thought out. They have a neutral shade : Morning Love, a mauve berry shade: Just Jazzy, a pink : Full Bloom and finally a party red: Paint the Town.

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From left to right: Morning Love, Just Jazzy, Full Bloom and Paint the town

The formula which claims to be non drying lives up to this expectation! It glides on like velvet and dries down to a nice comfortable matte finish. They feel very light and comfortable on the lips. It does not highlight the fine lines on your lips nor flake off during the course of the day.

The first time I used one of the liquid lipsticks, I had slathered on a nice thick layer of lip balm..since I didn’t know what to expect with the formula..plus old habits die hard! This made the liquid lip feel a bit gooey on my lips. So wipe off your lip balm before applying these πŸ™‚ and you’ll see how beautiful the finish is πŸ™‚

I like the faint scent these liquid lips have! I could smell some coffee and butterscotch when I first apply it to my lips but after it dries there is no scent.

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Swatches of the Skinzi liquid lipsticks

Look at those colors! Aren’t they pretty!! I enjoyed using all the 4 shades but if I had to pick one shade it will probably be Full Bloom..it reminds me of spring and is such a lovely shade on the lips.

If you plan to eat greasy food, you might need to reapply. I personally do not mind this since most comfortable lipsticks do that and I rather reapply than have a bullet proof moisture sucking lipstick πŸ˜€ Plus, these guys do not flake off but wear away in a uniform fashion leaving a nice stain..so you could go on without reapplying too.

Overall, I really enjoyed these lipsticks and I am excited to see the new shades coming soon from Skinzi!! Have you tried Skinzi Cosmetics?

Until next time, ciao!!!

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An Interview with Barby Espiritu, founder of Skinzi Cosmetics

Hello folks!

I have been wanting to do a series of interviews with inspiring indie brand founders for a while now. I enjoy reading the stories behind brands and also about the people who are responsible for bringing a brand to life. Many a time, the unique stories behind a brand makes you appreciate the brand a bit more πŸ™‚

I am happy to kick start this series with Skinzi Cosmetics! Have you been on the hunt for a liquid matte lipstick which does not flake or dry your lips out? Well you’re in luck because the founder of Skinzi Cosmetics, Barby Espiritu decided to solve that problem. A quest to find a solution to a problem most dry lip gals like myself face, resulted in a fun and cool brand! Read on to find out more about Skinzi cosmetics and Barby’s entrepreneurial journey.

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Barby Espiritu, Founder of Skinzi Cosmetics

Tell us a bit about your background and your entrepreneurial journey that resulted in the founding of Skinzi Cosmetics

I’ve always loved makeup since I was a child. I started using bullet matte lipsticks in high school and was introduced years ago to my first liquid matte. I loved that most formulas were long lasting, but I disliked the flaking and drying effect, as well as the bare, feathery patches on my lips after eating greasy food. I immediately had to reapply to cover the weird rim that formed on my lips. I wanted a long-lasting formula that evenly faded like a traditional lipstick instead of flaking.

This lingering frustration, combined with an announcement of possible layoffs in a career that I love (and have been doing for almost a decade) made me rethink the skills that I could offer others.I had worked as a Quality Engineer for years when my company announced a possible layoff. After soul searching to explore my passions, cosmetics was the obvious answer. I started looking for chemists here in the United States to help me formulate a better matte lipstick than what I was used to. That’s how Skinzi got started.

Β Is there a story behind the name Skinzi?

I was thinking of calling the company ‘Reach Cosmetics’ but my partner said it sounded more like a grooming product for men. My partner then suggested ‘Skinzi.’ We felt it sounded hip and fun, and those two traits embody our brand.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced while bringing your brand to the market?

The biggest obstacle was finding the right team of chemists to formulate the product. I researched custom lipstick formulation. The easier path, called private labeling, would be to use an existing formula and attach my brand to it. However, I felt my customers deserved more from me, so I chose the more challenging path and decided to formulate my own matte liquid lipstick.

I cold-called and interviewed one lab after another until I found one that was FDA approved, ISO/GMP certified and licensed by the California Department of Public Health for cosmetic manufacturing. I met with them to discuss my long list of requirements for what I thought an ideal liquid matte lipstick should be. After obsessive testing and retesting, they were able to deliver on every single requirement on my list.

Favorite part of your current job as the founder of Skinzi

I enjoy engaging with our customers and hearing valuable feedback about our formula. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback so far. I’m also a firm believer in continuous improvement. Even if we tested the heck out of our lipstick formula, if there would be any more suggestions to improve it, I would be all ears. I’m always looking for opportunities to make a better product.

What was the best and worst advice you received when you were working on bringing Skinzi Cosmetics to the market?

The best advice was to make sure we can clearly articulate the problem we’re trying to solve (flaking matte lipsticks) and communicate to our customers how our product solves that problem.
The worst advice was to look for an existing lipstick formula and just slap the Skinzi brand on it. I wanted my own custom made, proprietary formula and while it took some time to get there, it was totally worth it.

Tell us a bit more about the Beyond Beauty Project on your website

Women are multi-faceted. While our outward beauty is visible to the eye, we are not limited to physical aspects. Women in this day and age have a unique set of personal and cultural attributes.
The Beyond Beauty Project gives us a way to delve into these, as well as celebrating our strengths and understanding our challenges. We explore what it is to be modern day women. We celebrate our womanhood in ways to learn from and support each other.

Which is your favorite shade from Skinzi Cosmetics current range of lipsticks?

My favorites happen to be our best sellers. Just Jazzy is a neutral medium berry shade and Morning Love, a terracotta nude. Funny enough, our customers who purchase Just Jazzy are likely to buy Morning Love. It’s as if they were somehow meant to be paired up! πŸ™‚

Β How did you go about deciding which type of shades to release first? (I love the fact that they are all everyday wearable shades with a special red thrown in!)

I was looking for a versatile range of everyday colors that would complement any skin tone. I also put myself in the shoes of my customers, recognizing their diverse lifestyles and picking shades that would be suitable, based on their typical daily activities.
I then researched the various shades, utilizing the Pantone color guide, before deciding on our final four.

What beauty trends do you think will be big this year?

Most fashion and cosmetic trends are cyclical in nature. I’m definitely seeing a lot of corals early this year and I think they’ll continue to grow in popularity.
I’m continuing to see an increased focus on vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, products that are free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates. I think this trend will continue.Β Consumers don’t just want to look good; they also want to know that what they’re putting on their skin is safe, responsibly manufactured and a good value.

Will there be more product launches coming up this year from Skinzi?Β 

Absolutely. I have already hand-picked and swatched the next set of beautiful shades of our liquid matte formulas, so watch out for those!

I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know the story behind Skinzi cosmetics and the lovely founder Barby! Stay tuned for a review and swatches of the Skinzi Cosmetics matte liquid lipsticks coming soon! Meanwhile check out Skinzi on Instagram and on their website.

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ 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!).Β  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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