The Pillow Box – July 2013

I know I say this all the time but it’s so true…I love the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box. I’ve been posting about the MSB Pillow Box for quite some time now (here and here just to share a few) and the excitement never ends!

If you are new to the blog and not familiar with My Shade of Brown let me tell you…My Shade of Brown provides a monthly beauty subscription service called the Pillow Box. And what makes this particular monthly subscription service different from all the rest is that the products included in the Pillow Box are geared towards women of color.

I received this month’s box on late last week and of course I opened it immediately. Check out what was inside….

July Pillow Box

July Pillow Box

m.a.d.e. Prep'n'Set Spray

m.a.d.e. Prep’n’Set Spray

m.a.d.e. Mineral Pigment in Brownie

m.a.d.e. Mineral Pigment in Brownie

m.a.d.e. Mineral Pigment in New Penny

m.a.d.e. Mineral Pigment in New Penny

m.a.d.e. Glow Powder

m.a.d.e. Glow Powder

As you can see this month’s Pillow Box was filled with cosmetics from m.a.d.e. Cosmetics, which is a natural cosmetic line. I’m most excited about the New Penny Mineral Pigment and the Prep’n’Set spray.

Which m.a.d.e. Cosmetic product would you be most interested in trying? Are you a fan of mineral makeup? Have you checked out My Shade of Brown yet?

To find out more about My Shade of Brown and the Pillow Box subscription service check out their website. And you can also follow them on , Twitter, Instagram and like them on FaceBook.

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The Pillow Box – June 2013

I was so excited when I saw the June Pillow Box in the mail earlier this week…I mentioned several times before how much I love My Shade of Brown’s Pillow Box beauty subscriptions. I’ve posted about it here, here and several other times…lol.

Like I mentioned the Pillow Box is a monthly beauty subscription but what makes them stand out is that the products included in this box are geared towards women of color. And being the frugalnista (made up word) that I am, I love that it’s totally affordable. For just $10 a month, you can have the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box delivered right to your door. Check out what came in this month’s box…

June Pillow Box

June Pillow Box

This month’s Pillow Box was somewhat different….it was filled with the complete sample sized set of Balanced Beauty Systems Botanical Skin Care line. It also came with a complete skin care routine guide including a day, night and weekly regimen.

Botanical Facial Cleanser

Botanical Facial Cleanser

Botanical Facial Toner

Botanical Facial Toner

From left to right: Microdermabrasion Cream, Replenish Moisture Cream and Light Moisture Cream

From left to right: Microdermabrasion Cream, Replenish Moisture Cream and Light Moisture Cream

Balanced Beauty Systems Botanical Skin Care line is sulfate free, paraben free and fragrance free, which is always a plus. I can’t wait to give these products a try!

Are you familiar with Balanced Beauty Systems? Have you signed up for the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box yet?

To find out more about My Shade of Brown and the Pillow Box subscription check out their website. And you can also follow them on , Twitter, Instagram and like them on FaceBook.

The Pillow Box – May 2013

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I hope that everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! I know I did…I enjoyed great company and ate myself silly, lol. I even had a chance to play around with some of the goodies from the May Pillow Box, that actually received about two weeks ago. I’ve been so busy with the kiddos and their end of the school year stuff that I haven’t had a chance to share it with y’all.

If you’re not familiar with My Shade of Brown, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service with products geared towards women of color, I’ve posted about them before here and here. I absolutely love My Shade of Brown….it’s totally affordable! For just $10/month you can have the Pillow Box, filled fit beauty products and samples delivered right to your door. And trust me when I say the Pillow Box never seems to disappoint! Look at what came in this month’s box…

The May Pillow Box

The May Pillow Box

olive.milk.honey Beauty and Balance Bar

olive.milk.honey Brighten and Balance Bar

Soft Sheen Carson AMLA Legend Rejuvinating Oil Moisturizer

Soft Sheen Carson AMLA Legend Rejuvenating Oil Moisturizer

Nivea Q10 Advanced Wrinkle Reducer Night Creme

Nivea Q10 Advanced Wrinkle Reducer Night Creme

Mia BelleZZa Color Stick in Fabulous

Mia BelleZZa Color Stick in Fabulous

Mia BelleZZa Color Stick in Fabulous swatched.

Mia BelleZZa Color Stick in Fabulous swatched.

So what do you think about the May Pillow Box? I would have to say my favs are the olive.milk.honey Brighten and Balance Bar, which smells amazing and the Miz BelleZZa Color Stick.

To find out more about My Shade of Brown and the Pillow Box subscription check out their website. And you can also follow them on , Twitter, Instagram and like them on FaceBook.

What is your fav product from the May Pillow Box? What monthly beauty subscriptions to you use? Did you do anything exciting Memorial Day weekend?

Midweek Mani Pastel Green & Dots

I was out-of-town this past weekend so I missed doing my “regular” MANICure Monday post. I polished my nails on Friday (not my normal self-mani day) and my nails ended up looking a mess by Sunday sooooo….I’ve been dying to trying out the new Nabi Cosmetics nail polish in Pastel Green that I posted about here and I decided to give myself a mid-week mani. Check it out…I think I’m in love with this color.  

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Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pastel Green

Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pastel Green

NYC in Lexington Yellow; China Glaze in Surreal Appeal; Spoiled by WnW in Correction Tape and my trust dotting tool.

NYC in Lexington Yellow; China Glaze in Surreal Appeal; Spoiled by WnW in Correction Tape and my trusty dotting tool.

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I must say that I am quite impressed with the Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish. Not only do I love the color but the polish is thick and glides on great. This is definitely one of my favorite from the March My Shade of Brown Pillow Box.

What are you rocking on your nails this week?

The Pillow Box – March 2013

So I’m extra excited today…it’s the first day of Spring and I received my March Pillow Box today! Let me just say that this my be my favorite box to date and it could not have come at a better time. If you’re not familiar with the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box, it’s a monthly beauty subscription box that’s geared towards women of color, I’ve posted about it here and here. What I love most about the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box is that it’s one of the most affordable beauty subscription services available. For just $10 month you can get a box filled with beauty products delivered right to your doorstep. If that’s not enough to excite you then check out the awesome goodies in this month’s box…

My Shade of Brown March Pillow Box

My Shade of Brown March Pillow Box

 

Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pastel Green

Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pastel Green

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Purple Glitter

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Purple Glitter

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Cocoa

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Cocoa

Nabi Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Cosmos

Nabi Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Cosmos

As you can see the March Pillow box is packed with some of the hottest colors for this season and they’re all from Nabi Cosmetics. I especially in love with the Pastel Green nail polish and the Cosmos lip gloss.

To find out more about My Shade of Brown and the Pillow Box subscription check out their website. And you can also follow them on , Twitter, Instagram and like them on FaceBook.

What item would you like to try from the March Pillow Box?

The Pillow Box – January 2013

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Yay! I finally received the first My Shade of Brown Pillow Box for 2013! And I’m excited to share with y’all what was inside. If you are not familiar with My Shade of Brown let me give you the scoop…they a monthly subscription service. Basically My Shade of Brown sends out 4 to 5 premium sized beauty samples each month enclosed in their signature Pillow Box. But what I love most is that their products are geared towards women of color and it’s affordable, just $10 a month. Take a look at few of my previous post here and here, it really is an amazing and affordable service. Check out what was included in this month’s box…

Nakamichi Nail Foil Strips

Nakamichi Nail Foil Strips

Nabi Cosmetics Lipstick in Red

Nabi Cosmetics Lipstick in Red

Nabi Cosmetics Lipstick in Red swatched.

Nabi Cosmetics Lipstick in Red swatched.

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Ocean Blue

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Ocean Blue

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Ocean Blue swatched.

Nabi Cosmetics Eye Liner in Ocean Blue swatched.

Black Opal Oil Free Moisturizer

Black Opal Oil Free Moisturizer

Y’all already know I’m over super crunk about the Nakamichi Nail Foil Strips…can you say Manicure Monday! And I absolutely love the Ocean Blue eye liner; the color blue is amazing against brown skin. I love blue eye liner because it’s a fun way add a pop of color to your everyday makeup look to spice things up. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram because I will definitely be posting a picture or two of me rocking the Nabi Cosmetic Eye Liner in Ocean Blue. I’m also excited to try out the Nabi Cosmetics Lipstick in Red…I have yet to master the Red lip but doesn’t stop me from practicing it, lol.

To find out more about the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box and how you can get one delivered to your door, make sure to check out their  website. And you can also follow them on , Twitter, Instagram and like them on FaceBook.

What are some of your favs from the January Pillow Box? Did you see anything you would like to try?

The December Pillow Box

 

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I received the December Pillow Box in the mail Wednesday. And I always seem to get mine a little later than others because of my location…so I always avoid reading some of the post and comments on My Shade of Brown’s FB page. However this time around I caught of glimpse of what was inside and ended up waiting in anticipation for days, LOL. If you’re not familiar with My Shade of Brown or the Pillow Box check out my previous post here and here. I know I’ve said this like a million and one times but I love MSB’s Pillow Box; it’s always filled with amazing goodies and this month is no different. Check out what was inside the December Pillow Box…

 

Black Opal Sample Packs for Sensitive Skin

Black Opal Sample Packs for Sensitive Skin

Hair Rules Blow Out Your Curls

Hair Rules Blow Out Your Curls

BONUS: Carols Daughter Hair Milk

BONUS: Carols Daughter Hair Milk

Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Iris

Nabi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Iris

LiSi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Paradox

LiSi Cosmetics Nail Polish in Paradox

Now you see why I was so excited about the December Pillow Box. It had not one but two full size bottles of nail polish and y’all know how much I love nail polish. I couldn’t wait to try out the LiSi in Paradox, I must say so far so good. If you’re interested in trying out the My Shade of Brown Pillow for yourself or to give to someone else now is definitely the time to check it out. Right now MSB is offering 25% off all gift subscriptions! For more information about My Shade of Brown and how you can score this awesome deal check their website. You can also connect with them on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have you tried any of the products in the December Pillow Box yet?

 

Disclaimer: The products/services mentioned in this post were sent to me for free for review purposes. However and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The November Pillow Box

I hope that y’all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! I know I did…I ate good and shopped until I dropped on Black Friday. I also had a chance to test out some of the goodies in the November Pillow Box. If you have been following this blog for a while then you have seen previous post about the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box here, here and here. If not then let me tell you a little bit about MSB and the Pillow Box; My Shade of Brown is a company centered around providing beauty products specifically targeted to women of color. And each month MSB selects 4-5 premium samples for their signature Pillow Box that is delivered right to your door step. I absolutely love the service! Check out what was in the November Pillow Box….

Ada Cosmetics Finishing Veil

Georgia Body Wash in Lemongrass Eucalyptus

Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner

The My Shade of Brown Pillow Box monthly subscription service is totally affordable; for just $10/month with the option to cancel anytime, you can have the Pillow Box delivered to your door too. And even better you can if you sign up now you can score your first month for half price by using the promo code MSBSavvyHW! So hurry over to My Shade of Brown and sign up today! Make sure to check out MSB on Facebook and Twitter too!

Promo Code MSBSavvyHW

 

Disclaimer: The products/services mentioned in this post were sent to me for free for review purposes. However and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Alaffia Skin Care

Akaffia Skin Care

I had a chance to sample the Alaffia Skin Care Recovery Face Set thanks to the MSB October Pillow Box I posted about here. This was my first time seeing this product line so I decided to do a little reseach…and as we all know Google is your friend lol. Well I was impressed to say the least! Alaffia Skin Care is an amazing company that is doing amazing things. Not only do the offer premium skin care products but they are also “advancing gender equality  and alleviating poverty through the fair trade of hand crafted shea butter.” Now I know that is a mouth full but the Alaffia website provides some awesome information that is definitely worth the read. Now on the Alaffia Skin Care review…

MSB provided 1oz samples of the Alaffia Skin Care Recovery Face Set which consisted of the Recovery Cleanser, Toner and Face Cream. This particular set is designed for individuals with ultra-dry or acne prone skin, which is great for me. I suffer from dry skin and just recently I have been having severe breakouts, so needless to say this set was right on time.

Alaffia Skin Recovery Cleanser – Made with neem and black soap. The African Black Soap “provides a lathering deep yet gentle cleanse without over-drying your skin.” Retails for $13 on My Shade of Brown.

Neem & Black Soap Skin Recovery Facial Cleanser

Facial Cleanser up close.

Alaffia Skin Recovery Facial Toner – made with neem and shea leaf. The facial toner is a “soothing oil-balancing toner that provides immediate moisture.” Retails for $13 on My Shade of Brown.

Neem & Shea Leaf Facial Toner

Alaffia Skin Recovery Face Cream – made with neem and shea. The face cream is recommended for those with “skin needing intensive treatment.” Retails for $16 on My Shade of Brown.

Neem & Shea Face Cream

Facial Cream up close.

Final Verdict: I must say that I was somewhat impressed with the Alaffia Skin Care products however the scent left something to be desired. I will say though, I absolutely love the facial cleanser and would definitely consider keeping it a part of my daily skin care regimen. After I washed my face with the cleanser my face was left feeling moisturized and clean. Not tight and dry like with most other facial cleansers. I would have to say my least favorite of the set would have to be the face cream, I just couldn’t get past the scent. I only used the face cream at night and the scent remained in my bedroom all night and well into the following day. However my face did feel moisturized in the morning but like I said the scent just lingered too long for me. So the question is would I purchase the whole Alaffia Skin Care Recovery Set in the future? I would have to say no to the whole set but like I said I love the facial cleanser and I definitely would like to keep it in rotation.

If you would like more information about the Alaffia Skin Care products that were included in the October Pillow Box check out My Shade of Brown. And don’t forget that you can score the November Pillow Box for half price by using the code MSBSavvyHW…that way you can try some of these goodies for yourself!

What’s your favorite skin care product? Have you ever heard of or used Alaffia Skin Care?

 

Disclaimer: The products/services mentioned in this post were sent to me for free for review purposes. However and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The October Pillow Box

 Hey y’all!

I wanted to share some exciting news as well as show you what came in the mail yesterday!

Well, I’m sure you can tell from the title above that I received the October Pillow Box from My Shade of Brown yesterday! And y’all know I love makeup, cosmetics and all the girly stuff so to say I was excited would be an under statement…lol.  

If you’re not familiar with My Shade of Brown, it is an amazing company. MSB was created to help provide women of color with beauty products that actually meet our needs. I personally know how challenging that can be and that’s why I love the MSB signature Pillow Box. Each month a Pillow Box filled with 4-5 premium samples is delivered right to my door. I’ve posted about the Pillow Box in the past, here and here. Check out goodies in this month’s box…

Alaffia Skin Care
From left to right: Skin Recovery Facial Cleanser; Skin Recovery Face Cream; Skin Recovery Facial Toner

Ada Cosmetics Blush in Dorothy

Hair Rules Finishing Hair Cream

So far I’m most excited about trying out the Alaffia Skin Care products but I can’t wait to give them all a test run, so be on the look out for reviews.

Now for the exciting news! You can try the MSB signature Pillow Box too! MSB is a monthly subscriptions service that retails for just $10/month…totally affordable right? But even better…you can score your first box half price. Head over to My Shade of Brown, sign up and use the promo code MSBSavvyHW to score $5 off your first box. So check it out and let me know what you think! Make sure to check out MSB on Facebook and Twitter too!

Promo Code MSBSavvyHW

Disclaimer: The products/services mentioned in this post were sent to me for free for review purposes. However and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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