5 black-owned beauty and skincare companies to support

“Moisturize your situation.” – P. Diddy

And by situation, we mean your head to your toe. The inconvenience of the lack of representation in beauty and skincare products is an issue that isn’t new. With the lack of beauty products for Black people – especially men – there’s a lot of opportunity for newness in this space. Already, brands like Bevel, to Ceylon, Scotch Porter, are proving just how vital and successful black-owned brands can be.

SEE ALSO: Black men are showing us how skincare is done

When it comes to indie brands, there are many emerging companies that are one their way to becoming household names. Whether you want to spice up your medicine cabinet with new skincare or need a new lip color for the spring, we rallied up 5 black-owned companies you can support.

Jade & Fox Co.

          

From body butter to hair perfumes, Jade & Fox Co. is a handmade skincare company that uses natural products to promote your skin and body’s health.

Jade & Fox Co is more than just a skincare company though, the founder, Ashley Johnson also has a blog. There, the founder shares DIY projects and also in-depth pieces on her products sharing the benefits, and what type of skin each product is catered to. 

Must-try products:

Crushed Velvet Butter

Sea Witch Whipped Soap

Scotch Porter

A hair and skin brand created for men by men. Like many beauty companies, Calvin Quallis began experimenting with making products in his kitchen after seeing the need for men’s grooming and wellness products as a barber. The result: an entire line of grooming products for men with coiled or kinky hair. Enter: Scotch Porter, a line that provides products for men’s hair, from on their head to on their chin. But it doesn’t stop and end there. Scotch Porter’s created products like journals, candles etc. and even have a journal section on the website in order to expand on self-care.

Bonus: Check out the REWARD$ tab on their website for free money to use on their products!

Must-try products:

Beard Wash and Leave-In Conditioner Bundle

Face Care Collection 

Nola Skin Essentials

Nola Skincare states that their world of beauty circles around three things: Vegan Ingredients, Real people who handcraft their products, and their customers. Created by founder Jane Ormon, the brand was created after being frustrated by the lack of skincare products geared towards people with melanin. Not only is are the products eco-friendly but cruelty-free as well. 

The founder stands behind the brand so boldly, that she says your skin care change in as little as two weeks! Sign us up.

Must-try products:

Omega Kale Facial Cleanser

Quench Your Beard Spray and Let it Grow Set

Urban Skin RX

Urban Skin RX offers scientifically researched skincare products for all skin tones and colors.

Founder Rachel Roff, a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laster technician, put her passion to help others feel and look great to launch Urban Skin RX. Along with co-founder and medical director, David Henderson – who also works at a hospital in Charlotte – the two set out to clear clogged pores, for melanin-rich skin. The entire line includes peels, scrubs, and hydrating serums to achieve your best skin, ever!

Must-try products:

Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask 

Clear Skin Cleansing Bar

The Lip Bar

 

The Lip Bar was founded by Melissa Butler, previously a financial analyst on Wall Street and previous Shark Tank contestant. The Lip Bar is far more than just a lipstick company – it’s Melissa Butler’s testimony. If you haven’t seen the backstory behind the company, you have to watch it here

After being shut down on national television, Butler took that moment and used it to her advantage…now, years later, you can find her in hundred of Target stores. The Lip Bar has expanded from just lipsticks to now offering eyeshadow, from liquid to powder, these vibrant palettes compliment the lipsticks and vice versa.

Must-try products:

Prima Donna  lip shade

Playmate lip shade

The best hands-free to tools to cleanse your face in the age of COVID-19

We may have self-quarantined, social distanced and stockpiled hand-sanitizer, but there’s one Coronavirus no-no that doctors say everyone is struggling to avoid: face touching.

SEE ALSO: A career coach on managing coronavirus-induced stress and anxiety

The problem is, it’s just so damn impossible. Scientists claim the average person touches their face up to 25 times an hour. And that’s just counting the ~average~ person. What about the beauty obsessive, who’s always poring over, well, his pores? So what does one do?

Turn to tools. If you’re a hypochondriac, it’s tools that will put your mind at ease. Below, five of the very best facial tools you need.

Best splurge

Clarisonic Mia Smart

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Oh, so you want to be cleansed, toned and sculpted? Well, look no further than this little number. Think all the tightening benefits of a face roller in a cleansing tool, massaging while ridding skin all the impurities. It comes at a steep price tag. At $120, it’s not the cheapest of purchases, but it will all be worth it when you have the tightest skin at the table (and by table we mean your own dining room table, because quarantine, of course).

BUY HERE: Clarisonic Mia Smart, BUY HERE, $118

Best body

Nurse Jamie Exfoliband Silicone Loofah

Courtesy of Nurse Jamie

Nothing ages like a drug store loofah. After barely several uses any exfoliator can start looking a little worse for wear, so if you want something to go the distance, silicone is the only way. Bonus, this little number can take you from body to face and back again when you need a scrub down.

BUY HERE: Nurse Jamie Exfoliband Silicone Loofah, nursejamie.com, $17

Best brush

Okay, so this might just be the tool from the heavens. This massaging face brush will smooth away all your sins and save you from purchasing any further exfoliating products (hello investment item). It also comes with two different heads: an anti-bacterial daily cleansing brush and a silicone head designed to tone and stimulate so your subsequent moisturizing routine really soaks into skin, with three different modes. In short, this is the MVP.

BUY HERE: Magnitone London BareFaced 2 Daily Cleansing and Skin Toning Brush, lookfantastic.com, $69

Best bang-for-your-buck

Erborian Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Courtesy of Erborian

If you’re looking for a little all-star performer on a budget, look no further. The konjac sponge has long been a staple in Korean beauty (which we all know sets the standard for the rest of the world). This one is also made with charcoal, leaving your face clean, fresh and most importantly, matte. Wave goodbye to your blotting papers, there will be no end-of-day oil here, folks.

BUY HERE: Erborian Charcoal Konjac Sponge, erborian.com, $13

Best acne-prone

Laxcare Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush

Courtesy of Laxcare

If you find yourself breaking out with the stress of COVID-19, or maybe the lack of fresh air, look no further. This is the ultimate tool to tackle your acne, deeply cleaning out your pores without irritating or over-exfoliating. Tailor to your skin type with seven different speeds, and enjoy the fact that the hyper-hygenic silicone head is saving your from bacteria. Considering this puppy also comes in at just under $40, you’ll be doing your skin a huge favor without breaking the bank.

BUY HERE: Laxcare Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush, BUY HERE, $38

Tan Luxe review: Have we discovered a face tanner that actually works?

While self-tan mousses, sprays, lotions and potions for the body are a dime-a-dozen, finding a face tan that actually works without leaving you looking like an Oompa Loompa has always been the ultimate challenge.

Enter: Tan Luxe.

Whatever your complexion – deep or fair – we know that springtime usually means a time of achieving that healthier glow, but quarantine has left us all a little Vitamin D-deficient. So how does one fake a face bake, so to speak? I tested Internet favorite, Tan Luxe, to see if there really was a viable solution to the sunless face tan.

SEE ALSO: Every product I used to kill my cystic bump in 4 days.

Wait, what exactly is Tan Luxe?

After his Scotland hair salon saw a steady rotation of clients with less-than-perfect tans, stylist Marc Elrick founded Tan Luxe as a self-tan-cum-skincare amalgam. Since, the cruelty-free and non-toxic products have become a favorite among influencers, likely due to claims of seamless integration into your daily skincare routine, particularly when it comes to your face.

This is where Tan Luxe is leading the market — there aren’t a plethora of options when it comes to sunless-tanning your face, in particular. But don’t expect this to be your classic ‘SPF moisturizer with a hint of tan,’ when it comes to Tan Luxe we’re talking hyaluronic serums, “sleeping oil” and anti-aging formulas. At $47 for water that works as a hydrating mist, Tan Luxe doesn’t exactly come with the drug store price tag, but imagine a subtle, non-transferable spritz of color with no effort required (that is, without getting your hands dirty). Truly genius.

'Superglow Hyaluronic Serum' by Tan Luxe review

‘Superglow Hyaluronic Serum’ by Tan Luxe. Photo by Beatrice Hazelhurst/ Very Good Light

So it works?

Absolutely, but be wary in your approach as Tan Luxe formulas are potent. Even as a regular gradual self-tanner (hi Jergens!), the brand is going to take some wrangling to make work for you. Waking up after applying the sleep oil to my face, I had readied myself for a gentle, build-able glow — instead, I got two-weeks-baking-in-Barbados. Maybe the Glasgow girls traditionally want for a little more color, but it felt all a little premature in the fledgling spring. Nonetheless my face remarkably still looked natural — if, at this stage, off-kilter from the rest of my body — despite my face reaching a depth I had never before seen on myself.

What’s best way to use the products?

Conflicting Tan Luxe reviews see users mixing the oils with their moisturizers, or combining them with serums, while others claim the products separate when combined with non-tanning skincare. This was unsurprising considering Tan Luxe’s mantra is “tailor-made” skincare — you interpret the products application as you see fit.

Personally, I found that good things come in small doses when it comes to Tan Luxe. Instead of filling the entire dropper with the serum or oil, take about half of what you would with a regular product. Start at the center of the face and spread it to the outer edges with caution to avoid staining your ears and hairline. You’re also at risk of a blotchy neck, so make sure to spread as evenly as possible and keep your neck upright (that is, not creasing), for 10 minutes or until it really sinks in. I would also suggest applying either the tan or the oil products at the end of your routine so as not to dilute it in various patches. And please, for your sake, remember to wash the Tan Luxe your hands after each application.

Tan Luxe 'Body Butter,' 'Sleep Oil' and 'Superglow Hyaluronic Serum' swatches review

From left: ‘Body Butter,’ and the near-sheer ‘Sleep Oil’ and ‘Superglow Hyaluronic Serum’ by Tan Luxe (Photo by Beatrice Hazehurt/ Very Good Light)

Is Tan Luxe really worth it?

If you prefer and your body suits a heavy tan, go for it with the gradual tanners or oils (for me it was difficult to nail even-ness with so much deposited color) for body. For that reason I often avoid an oil, mousse or anything requiring a mitt, but even the body butter was a bit too much too soon for me. I did, however appreciate the Twilight-esque sparkle, to the gradual tan (something to keep in mind for those who like a strictly matte product).

When it comes to your face? Tan Luxe easily eclipses its own hype. The hyaluronic serum for a light, even, everyday glow — works particularly well when combined with your regular serum — the face oil to use sparingly or with a heavy hand depending on your tan needs, but the Tan Luxe “Water” is the type of the product we’ve been waiting eons for. Each review concurs these products will go the distance for you, making the investment worth it for many months of use. We won’t let you lay out, but this is the next best thing.

BUY HERE, Tan Luxe drops, $47

Here’s how brands are still selling unapproved FDA makeup

Huda Beauty is under fire again.

Last summer, Huda Beauty was exposed via Instagram for concealing a disturbing FDA warning on their Neon Obsessions eyeshadow palette with a sticker.

This month on TikTok, users are continuing to peel back the stickers on Huda Beauty’s eye makeup products to reveal an ingredients list and the same disclaimer that reads: “not intended for use around the eye area.” In one case, the pink pigment stained a user’s eyes.

Huda Beauty isn’t alone; Estee Laundry, the beauty industry’s online watchdog spotlighted a number of brands whose brighter colors go FDA-unapproved for use around the eyes (read: neons). While the administration doesn’t get specific as to okayed shades, the administration claims that a “number of color additives approved for cosmetic use in general are not approved for use in the area of the eye.” They also provide a list of what ingredients exactly do fly for each section of your face in the US.

A director of regulatory in the cosmetics industry, who wishes to remain anonymous, explains that while most toxicologists approve using these types of colorants around eyes, the FDA won’t sign off due to past safety studies. So, she says, “Bottom line: if you are marketing them in the US you need to follow the FDA rules,” and all brands attempting to sell hyper-pigmented shadow are required to package their products with this kind of verbiage.

Still, cosmetic companies have become increasingly crafty as to how exactly they comply. Urban Decay, for example, sells their brightest eyeshadow products as “multi-use artistry palettes,” leaving it to their customers to interpret and apply the product as they see fit.

“Some brands get around this rule to market more colors in the US by branding eyeshadow as ‘shadow palettes’ or ‘pressed pigment palettes,'” she reveals.  “They leave out the word eye, and they will often put a disclaimer like ‘aren’t intended for eye area’ or will have a picture of a face or an eye crossed out. If most consumers see these palettes and buy them for their eyes — not noticing or understanding the disclaimers — then technically these products are misleading.”

Misleading borders on unethical when, in the case of Huda Beauty, these messages are concealed, and it’s additionally problematic to continue with this strategy after consumers express disapproval. Then there’s the promotional imagery associated with the Huda Beauty palette, all of which sees the product applied around the eyes. This, says the director, is an obvious no-no.

“They need to be very clear in their marketing and communication that these are not intended for eye area use so no one is confused when purchasing the palette or mislead,” the director claims, adding: “Their marketing images and social media images used in the US need to show the shades used in areas other than the eye area.”

Whether this trend will serve as a call-to-action for the brand to better navigate the FDA requirements while remaining transparent with their consumers, time will tell — but we should all know by now that Tik Tok has unprecedented power, and it should not be taken lightly.

The best of target’s 14-day beauty sale

We’ve all been captivated by the beauty aisles of Target.

And sadly, we’re missing out IRL due to the coronavirus. Shopping at Target can be a calming activity to aimlessly wander and see what makes it into your red basket. You might be going a little stir crazy and news of Target’s latest beauty sale probably isn’t helping as you’re itching to check it all out.

Lucky for us, we can still enjoy Target’s 14-day Beauty Sale while still practicing social-distancing. It won’t feel ~quite~ the same but it’s good to know we have options. If you’re hanging out at home, you can shop the sale online. But if you’re needing to get out of the house (while still maintaining the safety of you and others) you can order items for drive-up pickup! We’ve rounded up the best items within the sale from Target exclusives to our drugstore beauty favorites.

We’ll miss wandering the aisles as we stock up on things Target tells us we need but, we promise you’ll still get the Target butterflies when you get your goodies at half the price. You can even Facetime your friends and perform a little haul video for them. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, whatever you need to do because The deals change every day!

SEE ALSO: How to afford skincare when you’re broke AF.

Best Deals For…

Thursday, March 19th

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Serum

Anything with vitamin c and peptides can be pricy and spending upward of $30 on a drugstore product can make us pass something up. Most often, vitamin c products are more treatment-based and lack the hydration we need. But not these!

When Bliss launched their diversion line at Target, everyone was excited and saw the products as a real treat. These products are packed with green-tea extract to fight against free radical damage and a tri-peptide blend to boost elasticity. This sale is the perfect time to snag the Bliss vitamin c line for CHEAP and with spring coming, your winter skin has never needed more of a glow-up.

BUY HERE

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting Eye Cream (regular price $21.99, sale price $10.99)

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer (regular price $21.99, sale price $10.99)

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Serum (regular price $24.99, sale price $12.49)

Friday, March 20th

Winky Lux Flower Balm Lip Stain

New to the Target universe but by no means unknown to the beauty world, Winky Lux just launched in Target Stores! If you’ve never heard of Winky Lux, that’s okay (totally check them out ASAP). You might be wondering what on earth is this clear lip stain going to do for me? It’s going to sound crazy but, Winky Lux lip stains actually combine with your lip’s PH levels and spark your perfect shade of pink. We were once skeptical too but seriously, your future selfies will thank you. With this sale, we’ll be stocking up. Winky Lux Flower Balm Lip Stain (regular price, $16.00, sale price $8.00)

Perhaps Versed is one of the coolest brands beauty brands Target carries. Our editors have tried almost the entire collection and love the formulas. We wish more of their products were in this sale but, we can’t wait to restoke on the serums! Their packaging is 92% recyclable (everything except the pump!) and they formulate their products to EU standards so you know it’s good stuff.

Their Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum is made with niacinamide and licorice root extract to help even skin tone and combat dullness. So, if you struggle with hyperpigmentation or acne scars, this lightweight but powerful serum is for you! Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum (regular price $19.99, sale price $9.99)

Don’t be turned off by a firming serum. While meant to combat signs of aging (fine lines, dullness, dehydration) anybody can use this serum! You quickly forget it’s an anti-aging blend due to how hydrated and SOFT it makes your skin feel thanks to resveratrol and a peptide blend. On the Rise Firming Serum? Yes, please. Versed On the Rise Firming Serum (regular price $19.99, sale price $9.99)

Using a serum meant for clarifying and de-stressing the skin will help with excess sebum production and breakouts. We’ve found the Just Breathe Clarifying Serum to be ultra-hydrating but keeps your skin mattified all day long. And if you experience redness, the willow bark and zinc within the formula will help calm it down. Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum (regular price $19.99, sale price $9.99)

Sometimes we hear the word ‘retinol’ and we instantly tense up. But, there’s nothing to be afraid of, this isn’t your mom’s retinol serum! This serum is actually formulated for sensitive skin AND first-time retinol users. Inside are tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients waiting to calm any redness and problem areas (AKA, acne). It’s ready to improve your skin texture and boost collagen production too. Use only at night, and don’t forget your SPF in the morning. Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum (regular price $21.99, sale price $10.99)

Saturday, March 21st

Pacifica Spray Natural Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 30

It’s never a bad time to buy sunscreen but we think this is the best time to given all these deals. Maybe spring break plans didn’t go as planned but summer is right around the corner. You can score this Pacific spray sunscreen for just $7.99. Not only is Pacifica a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company, but their sunscreens are also free from chemical UV absorbers like octisalate, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. Pacifica Spray Natural Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 30  (regular price $15.99, sale price $7.99)

Gel manicures serve a certain look that we love but unfortunately can be a bit more pricy than regular manicures. The gel nail polish from Sally Hansen has left people asking us what nail salon we’ve been to (our kitchen table) time and time again. Both products including the color coat and the topcoat are on sale for just $3.74. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish (regular price $7.49, sale price $3.74), Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, Shiny Top Coat (regular price $7.49, sale price $3.74)

Sunday, March 22nd

Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow Dryer

Hair tools can be a bit pricy which makes it hard to commit and know which ones to get. Kristin Ess challenges the notion that hair tools need to be top dollar. At already low prices, the 50% off sale makes these an absolute steal. Her Professional Blow Dryer and Mini Flat Iron are not to be missed out on. Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow Dryer  (regular price $100, sale price $50.00), Kristin Ess Defining + Detailing Mini Flat Iron with Travel Bag (regular price $50, sale price $25.00)

Monday, March 23rd

Yes to Watermelon Super Fresh Gel Moisturizer

Soon, we’ll all need to trade in our heavy moisturizers for our beloved gel and lightweight formulas. Yes To’s watermelon moisturizer is incredibly comparable to Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Moisturizer but without the price. Great for all skin types given its lightweight texture and packed with watermelon extract to keep your skin fresh and bouncy. Yes To Watermelon Super Fresh Gel Moisturizer (regular price 12.99, sale price $6.49)

Tuesday, March 24th 

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

Long lashes are a blessing but also a bit of a struggle. You need the right curling formula within a mascara but something that also won’t weigh them down more than they already are. Covergirl’s LashBlast keeps proving the point that drugstore mascara conquers over all others. And only $3.99?? Your lashes will thank you later. COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara  (regular price $7.99, sale price $3.99)

Wednesday, March 25th

Love Beauty And Planet Multi-Benefit Vitamins Dietary Supplement – Citrus Crush

Lately, we’ve all be overloading on vitamin c to keep our immune systems boosted. Love Beauty and Planet launched their dietary supplements a few months ago and they’ve made our hair and skin look shinier and brighter than ever. We’ll take all the vitamin c we can get! Love Beauty And Planet Multi-Benefit Vitamins Dietary Supplement – Citrus Crush (regular price $14.99, sale price $7.49)

Thursday, March 26th

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick

Pixi is one of those drugstore makeup brands where every color looks so good, you want them all. And while not everyone thinks matte lips are for them and that they make your lips dry, Pixi’s is infused with rosehip oil and vitamin e which leave your lips feeling hydrated through the long wear.  Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick  (regular price $14.00, sale price $7.00)

Friday, March 27th 

Rae Hydration Ingestible Drops

We use hyaluronic acid on our faces ALL the time. The powerful ingredient in our skincare keeps us hydrated and glowing. But have you ever thought about ingesting it? These hyaluronic and electrolyte drops from Rae hydrate your skin from within. 1 bottle offers a 2 month supply, you can place the drops in hot or cold beverages or take alone. Rae Hydration Ingestible Drops (regular price, $14.99, sale price $7.49)

Saturday, March 28th 

Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This Physician’s Formula bronzer is infused with murumuru butter to condition and moisturize your skin. Quite the difference in application and after-touch than other powder bronzers. Even better, this bronzer comes in 6 different shades so you can have the right shade for every season. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer (regular price $13.29, sale price $6.64)

Perhaps the best part of the sale is if you spend $40 on beauty products, you get a $10 Target gift card! It’s time to go get your self-care on during these crazy and uncertain times, DM us and share what you decide to scoop up. Please stay happy, healthy, and positive, Lighters. 

Everything you should know before you tattoo your face

We get it.

Face tattoos look very, very cool…sometimes. But before you subscribe to the emo-rapper-turned-Soundcloud-sensation-aesthetic, let us walk you through everything you need to know about men’s face tattoos.

In a recent GQ feature, Post Malone addressed his proclivity for the ultimate permanent accessory: face tattoos. A favorite among musicians and those seeking to toughen their look, we’ve become all-too familiar with a tattooed visage, but Malone wanted fans to know he embraced face ink for a more relatable reason: the singer felt “ugly,” and wanted to well, not.

SEE ALSO: 3 individuals on why they decided to get plastic surgery

“It does maybe come from a place of insecurity,” he responded when asked to explained his various facial tattoos, “…I don’t like how I look, so I’m going to put something cool on there so I can look at myself and say, ‘You look cool, kid,’ and have a modicum of self-confidence, when it comes to my appearance.”

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It makes sense (and no, Posty, you aren’t ugly! You are cute AF!). The taboo of facial tattoos means that they’re not necessarily congruent with a 9-5 existence. Some view who take a needle to the skull generally as people who lead a less conventional lifestyle (read: creatives). Others, see it as being privileged – you don’t need to play by any rules when you’re banking on your own.

Whatever the case, face tattoos, they’re here to say. Of course, face tattoos aren’t new. In the Mayan period, warriors inked their faces. Fast-forward to modern day, rappers like Lil’ Wayne to Birdman have rocked face tats for years. But it seems to be trending at tattoo shops everywhere. This, thanks to younger artists popping off. Whether it’s Dominic Fike’s Apple logo tear drop that takes your fancy, or Lil Xan’s ‘Zzz’ stamped cheek is a bit of you, where there’s a will, there’s a way to make it work — but before making any drastic moves, you should know everything and anything.

Not every artist is cool with men’s face tattoos

For many tattoo artists, the risk of customer remorse just simply isn’t worth the reward of a making the bear minimum for a small broken heart above your eyebrow — and you deciding a face tattoo shouldn’t have been on your bucket list after all isn’t their only concern.

Because skin on the face is much more fragile than the rest of the body, it’s much more difficult to tattoo. If the artist goes too deep with their needle, the lines will bleed just like on any other body part. But the face’s thinner skin makes it much easier to do so — leaving you with an indiscernible tattoo that’s impossible to hide. If you’re considering a face tattoo, you should find an artist who is well-versed in facial work and can all but guarantee your tattoo will emerge as you expected. Of everything we can suggest you consider, this is the most important. Also, before actually taking a needle to your face, many artists recommend using henna or applying a temporary tattoo so you can live out your dream before fully committing.

You should be more aware of face after-care

Post-tattoo care-taking doesn’t differ too much depending on the body part, but because you’re much more likely to apply product to and touch your face, you need to be much more aware in your approach to a facial tattoo. The design on your face is an open wound, and it should be treated like one. Leave the cover on your tattoo for the first 24 hours like you would any other, avoid scented lotions that might irritate it and no swimming for two weeks to avoid possible infection.

Ensure you’re more vigilant than ever with sunscreen in the healing stages to prevent premature fading, and do not — we beg you — scratch or pick it (this can bleed out the ink morphing your tattoo or leave the color patchy). We know it’s more tempting to touch your face than it would be say, your ankle, so make sure your hands are clean and you’re being cautious. If your tattoo does become infected: rest, clean the area and apply antibacterial ointment, and if you don’t notice an improvement or experience flu or allergic reaction symptoms, see a doctor STAT.

Face tattoos fades faster

One of the reasons Post Malone’s “Always Tired” cheek tattoos are very different to a hissing snake on your back is that it’s much less likely to stay in tip top shape as time goes on. Dealing with year-round sun exposure is par-for-the-course for a face tattoos, whereas other body parts see the light less frequently. That’s on top of the possible tattoo fading that can occur from cleansing your face once or twice, daily (think: hand tattoos’ proclivity to fade faster).

While artists will certainly redo the color in your tattoo for you, each time you retrace lines on your face there’s a higher chance of scarring or the tattoo becoming “blown out” (bleeding lines resulting in the loss of tattoo shape or definition).

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Laser removal isn’t always chill as it seems, especially on your face

Say you do walk back on your decision, there’s a chance you might never really be fully rid of your face tattoo. While the the Q-tip laser advanced the tattoo removal process by leaps and bounds (it breaks down the ink for your body to metabolize), you should be conscious that what you’ll likely be left with is very light shadow of a design. While this might be easy to cover if you’re dealing a tattoo on another body part, but your face really makes that much more difficult.

Not every facet of society will be cool with what your face tattoo

This is the one that you’re likely already well aware of: face tattoos do change your life. Not only might your tattoo hinder job or romantic prospects, it could make life generally harder since facial ink has long-since been associated with gang culture prior to going mainstream. It’s an aesthetic decision that could be very cool, but you should always be aware of the implications.

Should you get a face tattoo?

Depends. If you have the income to tattoo and then redo it ever so often as it fades, or won’t regret it, sure. But for most people, a face tattoo means you have to face your decisions you made every day of your life. If that’s for you, sure, go for it. But if not, proceed with caution.

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The influencer market has reached fever pitch.

With so many #ad #sponsored #partner posts, it seems as if every brand has put most of their marketing dollars into influencers. No surprise to anyone then, that it’s a $9.7 billion industry. But what’s the ROI and are consumers really buying products touted by other people? Maybe.

But new brands are thinking outside the box and moving forward so that they are transparent in their marketing approach. One such beauty company is My Beauty Brand, which is all about peer-to-peer recommendations where customers become the sellers. That means, there’s no monetary transaction, no pay-to-play, so to speak. Taking it a step further, the brand says it’s “anti-influencer,” meaning no one gets paid to use their products or tout it on social media.

When did beauty get so ugly? When you got paid to say you love me,” the brand’s slogan reads. Everyone posts, but no one delivers,” says another. 

Harper’s Bazaar already dubbed the brand a “digital Avon for Gen Zers due to the fact that consumers can create their own stores and money goes back to consumers. The site makes it a seamless process with users creating looks, uploading their photos to a ‘Your Store’ section, which then allows them to earn commission. 

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So, what is My Beauty Brand? By opening a virtual store on My Beauty Brand’s site and posting looks, users can earn up to 20% (30% through the month of March!) when others shop their respective stores. Though, unlike working at a physical brick and mortar, you aren’t making an hourly wage. It also means you’re going to need to sell lots to make significant money. An £18 lipstick would get you £3.40 with 20% profits. 

Founded by Max Leykind and Robin Derrick, they teamed up with Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion students to create packaging with Gen-Z appeal. Sleek white and silver encasing with magnetic closures allow for endless perfect vanity photos to be taken and appreciated by MBB lovers everywhere.

(Photo by Olivia Cefalu/ Very Good Light)

We got our hands on some of their By.Me. products and needless to say, we were floored. Impressed is an understatement. This brand doesn’t just have beautiful packaging and an amazing mission, the formulas are nothing we’ve seen before. We tested their RichGlide Cream Lipstick, Pure Power Blush, Sheer Brilliance Highlighter, and Total Colour Metallic Eyepaint. All of their products are completely gluten-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. Most are vegan but a select few are not which you can easily filter on their website. After trying all four products we realized there was little to complain about. The pigment, the buildability, the wear. High quality at its best – it’s money. These products answered all of our beauty hopes and dreams. 

We opted for their Pure Power Blush in the color India Coral Pink. With any powder blush, you need to get the right sheen. You never want your skin to look dry when you’re trying to perfect a flawless flush while staying dewy. This formula actually felt hydrating? Which is weird to say for a powder blush. We brushed a bit over our nose too for some extra coral goodness.

Next came the Sheer Brilliance Highlighter. And hey, highlighters are tough. They don’t always show up on certain skin tones and well, that is the point of a highlighter. To show up and catch that damn light! Their Maria Honey Gold color seemed different and very intriguing. It offered a warm freshly-sunned glow without ever being in the actual rays.

We know that all that glitters is not gold, believe us. Glitter eyeshadow is messy, creases, and always falls out onto our faces making a mess. But not the Total Colour Metallic Eyepaint. It has a creamy texture. For real. While highly blendable and buildable, it never loses the look of when you first applied it. We love the Colette Copper Foil color. 

(Photo by Olivia Cefalu/ Very Good Light)

Lastly, the RichGlide Cream Lipstick. We were skeptical and a clear gloss or even just chapstick usually does it for us. We feared the lipstick (despite its name) would reject our crusty winter lips. But yet again, we were surprised. Upon opening, it was nothing like Glossier’s Generation G. It actually LOOKED creamy and hydrating. It needed reapplying throughout the day but we didn’t mind as we looked awaited each needed additional swipe. Elodie Blush Rose, while a very natural color gives you an elevated lewk for sure.

TLDR;

  • My Beauty Brand is a brand that shares profits with its users
  • They’re anti-influencer and all about giving a voice to customers
  • Paraben free, gluten-free and mostly vegan
  • Their product packaging is chic and actual applications are superb.

Does the new Hanacure nano emulsion moisturizer work?

Like everyone, I spent a recent weekend gawking at my television, wondering what the hell was going on.

I was watching a show called “Love is Blind,” transfixed over a man announcing himself as “Obviously Nick Lachey,” and it got me thinking: Are things in life so obvious?  

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I began binge-watching the show until its reunion episode and as I ate my Pringles, drowned it with a gulp of La Croix thought this question could very well translate to my beauty products. With my hands that I washed for no less than the length of singing “Happy Birthday” in its entirety, I reached for a beauty product and pumped it into my pores. It was Hanacure’s new Nano Emulsion moisturizer, the second product in its lineup. Could this beautiful product, with its minimal, clean, all-white packaging, prove that love is blind? Or would I be affected by the fact that this was from the same brand that created an absolute sensation with its All-In-One-Facial.

Hanacure emulsion moisturizer review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

To refresh you, Hancure’s All-In-One-Facial is the same you’ve probably seen somewhere on Facebook or Instagram. You can catch the review here. With its serum mixed with a gelling solution, the product tightens your skin and shrivels it so tightly, you resembled Betsy DeVos. But the product works! Afterwards, you get not only a gleaming complexion, but skin so taut, you’re like a newly birthed child. It’s why celebs from Drew Barrymore to the Kardashians have endorsed it.

Could Hanacure’s Nano Emulsion moisturizer evoke the same kind of devotion?

Ingredients

Hanacure emulsion moisturizer review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

The formula’s supposed to drench your pores with instant hydration, leaving your skin dewy and moisturized for the entire day.. More so, it’s supposed to improve your skin’s appearance and tone. The secret sauce? Its peptides mixed with a mushroom called antrodia cinnamomea, aka “Ruby of the Forest.” The mushroom is so elusive, its trees it’s grown on are protected by the Taiwanese government. Supposedly, the mushrooms alone account for over $100 million in sales, with there being a general consensus that it cures ailments including cancer.

That being said, could it work on my crusty AF face? It’s been a long and dreary winter and with a certain flu becoming a global pandemic, I’ve been over-cleansing my hands, wrists, and face as a pre-caution. As such, my face in particular has been screaming for a drench of moisture.

First thoughts

Guy hand with Korean beauty moisturizer for review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

At first pump, the creamy formula soaked into my pores as quickly as a kernal of oatmeal soaks water. I instantly felt dewy, plump, as if I went to a facial. The product is oil-free and as such, it’s lightweight, not unlike water, and feels like nothing when wearing it on your face. It’s fragrance-free, and for some that may be a problem – natural scents aren’t always a winner. But I felt as if this one wasn’t offensive and at the very least, is an amazing first step before an SPF or night cream, so that point becomes moot.

While totally providing me with instant moisture, I don’t know if this product alone will last me from day to night. I’m currently in Colorado, one of more barren states in the country, where the climate seems so soak out any moisture for your skin cells. I do feel that this is great for the summertime. As an emulsion, it’s probably all you need in wet and humid climates and perfect for allowing your skin to breathe.

Love isn’t blind, I concluded for this review. But love can be sparked on first sight, alone. As for the Hanacure nano emulsion moisturizer? Yes, I will be keeping it in my beauty arsenal – perfect for that extra step before a heavy cream – on those nights when all I care to do is luxuriate in my thoughts, be one with my skin, with a delightful television show blasting in the background.

TLDR;

Hand with Korean beauty moisturizer for review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

So uh, does the Hanacure Nano Emulsion Moisturizer ~actually~ work?

-Instantly provides you with moisture.

-Lightweight and soaks into skin really well.

-Doesn’t last all day, but great for a first-step to a heavier moisturizer.

-Buy or Bye? Definitely BUY this one.

BUY Hanacure’s Nano Emulsion Moisturizer HERE, $47

How to afford skincare when you’re broke AF.

To all the beauty-obsessed who ball on a budget, we admire the hustle.

affordable skincare

The process of building your skincare routine can be an intimidating process. Do I need a toner and an essence? Is a night cream needed if I already have a day cream? Besides figuring out your skin type and skin goals, factors like the cost and how these items fit into your budget can be intimidating. Sure, products costing hundreds of dollars have you fantasizing about the wondrous acts they can perform but, the beauty of well, beauty, lies within what you can’t see. Yes, we’re talking deals and cost-cutting hacks. Because unless you have a Kylie Jenner-sized budget (which, then, you can stop reading here!), keeping up with your skincare is difficult to overcome. 

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For some, the choice can be between a meal out with friends for a week or a $68 Drunk Elephant moisturizer. Do you starve in the name of skincare? Decisions, decisions. For those of you who’ve wondered how they can get their skincare poppin without breaking the bank, here are hacks we’ve found below, some from you Lighters, our own community. Damn, we were impressed with the answers. Here are some answers to how to afford skincare when you’re broke AF. 

Read on to know the secrets to an A+ skin-vestment. 

Research is key.

This part probably comes easy to all you skincare-obsessed Lighters. If you love skincare, you’re definitely in tune with fun trends and amazing brands the endless realm offers. With that, you gotta look for the most bang for your buck. Keeping an eye out for products with high amounts of important active ingredients than our skin craves rather than products that are gimmicky and poorly formulated is key. Paying attention to percentages of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and retinol is key when making an informed decision.

Couponing is no joke.

Sometimes, searching for influencers with coupon codes and hunting down those beauty sales can prove to be insanely worth it. Lucky for us, services like Retail Me Not, the Honey app, and rewards programs like those of Sephora and Ulta can help you save some serious cash on the products you want most without trying that hard. And the birthday gifts from Sephora and Ulta do not disappoint, from trial size Kate Somerville, Belif, and Biossance; you can score some seriously good goodies thanks to your lap around the sun.

Never, ever pass up on those samples.

Buying from Sephora, Ulta, Dermstore, or Blue Mercury? Well, they always have samples at check out online. And it never hurts to ask in-store what little luxuries they’re hoarding behind the counter. Saving samples SAVES you! Eventually, you’ll end up with a complete skincare arsenal of must-have products and you didn’t spend a thing…

Save on cleansers and toners.

Although cleansers and toners are absolute necessities to your skincare routine, it’s best to save on them! These two products are the ones we use the most of and most often. When you think about it, any pricy active ingredient in a cleanser isn’t going to be on your face long before you rinse off. 

And while toners can do a lot, (PH balance, prep your pores, remove dead skin cells) spending a lot of money on them is far too wasteful. Instead, take the time to find one that is tailored to your skin type and take a stroll down the drugstore aisles. From tons of low-priced options from brands like Bliss, Pixi, and Simple you can find one for any skin type. Just please, skip the witch hazel. 

Um, have you heard of The Ordinary?

If you haven’t, who are you? Just kidding, no judgment here. But seriously, The Ordinary is the sh**! Serums can be pricy but The Ordinary challenges this. Their whole mission is to raise questions and pricing and integrity within the skincare industry. The company jam-packs their formulas with powerful actives like AHA’s, BHA’s, Vitamin C, and Retinoids. Definitely scoop up their Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($8.70), AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($7.20), and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90). You won’t be disappointed and your budget will bow down to you and your money-saving ways.

Sign-up for a subscription box!

Seriously, you won’t regret it. The monthly payments are low and the products can’t be beaten. From Birchbox ($15 a month), Allure’s Beauty Box ($15 a month), and Ipsy Bags ($12 a month) you can get the best products out there for a cheap monthly rate. Every box is a surprise and gives at least 1 full-sized product! Our own editors have even said subscription boxes have curbed their beauty spending habits as they have learned to wait for their box every month to see what it has in store!

Sometimes, it’s about math.

We get it, splurging is sometimes required (treat yourself!). A hero-product for your skin is sometimes that splurge! When in doubt, do the math. While some products might have a bit of a price tag upfront, the length of time they can last is almost always worth the investment. So, maybe you can splurge on a special mask or peptide-packed moisturizer without feeling so guilty! You figure, the price of the product divided by how many days it will last you and in the end, it’s not so bad. Here’s to self-care done right.  

Find skinfluencers.

You might be thinking, how can skinfluencers help me? Most often beauty-obsessed individuals who have quite the following often have discount codes for numerous brands and create Instagram giveaways too! We suggest following #skininfluencers to see who resonates most with you and what kind of savings they can offer! For contests, @dirtyboygetsclean, @koparibeauty, and @yesto are always hosting. Follow #skincaregiveaways or #giveaways to find who’s holding contests and what amazing collections could yours, FOR FREE.

When in doubt, call in your friends.

Sometimes you need financial support AND moral support when it comes to scooping up your must-have products. Splitting the cost of a great product with your BFF or your roommate is totally a money-saving POWER move. We’d be lying if we said we haven’t ever bought a travel case and shared the wealth.