January/February Essence Beauty Box Unboxing

Hello my beautiful ladies! I hope you all are having a wonderful and productive week so far. I can't believe in less than a week we will be in March! It seems like this year is just flying right by yet it just started right?

In any case, today I’m gonna be unboxing my last two Essence beauty boxes for you! For those of you who don't know, Essence created their very own beauty subscription box last year that features full sized and deluxe sized products mailed directly to your doorstep every month. Inside each box is a little card describing each product and a short blurb from the hair and beauty editorial team at Essence on the product. For just $12.50 a month you get to test and play with a bunch of products ranging from hair, makeup and skincare. I love that this box features products and brands specifically for WOC and the Essence reader in mind. For more info about the box click here.

So let's jump right on in: 

January’s theme was all about Pampering And was by far one of my favorite boxes. It featured everything in there from hair products to skincare to makeup and even nail polish! I absolutely love that this box is all about taking care of ourselves and really putting in the effort to put ourselves first because with the day to day hustle and bustle we often put everyone else before ourselves. 

Included in my box: 

Leaders Baby Soft Foot Mask
Who doesn't love a good foot mask? Not only are masks super trendy right now but masks are a quick and easy fuss free way to do a deep cleanse on whatever area you want to focus on. This foot mask claims to leave your feet feeling rejuvenated and "baby soft".

Laqa Lip Pencil
This chubby lip pencil(also a big trend) offers amazing color and a smooth and buttery texture that goes on super easy on the lips. 

Julep Nail Polish 
Okay so I have a confession to make… I LOVE nailpolish. I've been collecting nailpolish for years and find that it's a super quick and easy way to spruce up your look. So when I got this Julep polish in my box this month( a first so far) I was super excited to try it out. Not only is the formula vegan free, the sleek packaging and rich color makes this an all around win.

Shea Terra Rose Hips Black Soap 
I’ve been drinking rose hips tea for years and using African Black Soap for quite some time because its known to contain ingredients that fight acne, firm skin and even out skin tone so I'm excited to try this out and see how it works out. 

Tgin Green Tea Leave In
This year I definitely want to get more into hair and skincare so I was super excited to get this leave in conditioner! Unlike my past beauty boxes that only featured products for my  natural sistas, this conditioner can be used on both natural and relaxed hair!

February’s theme was “Shine like a Star” and featured a bunch of products to keep us glam for not only special occasions but this month’s box encourages us to glam up everyday!

Included in my box: 

CoverFX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment
I've heard so many great things about this new company and I love that this line focuses on every skin type and skin tone and focuses on the correct way to cover and create a flawless and clean canvas(your face). Being as how I have both oily and acne prone skin I am super excited to try this primer.

Miss Jessie's Coily Custard
Unfortunately for me I am not able to use this because  I don't have curly or natural hair so I had to give this sample away but from what I heard this is a great product that works well with wash ‘n’ go styles. 

Soft Sheen Carson Soak It Up Oil Cocktail
Another product I couldn't use but I've heard such good things about them and their line for locs.

Iman Luxury Moisturizing lipstick 
I was super excited to get this deluxe sized lipstick in my box this month. I've heard so many great things about Iman’s cosmetics line and she was one of the first black women in the spotlight to create their own line specifically for women of color. This creamy, semi-matte lipstick not only offers full coverage but a nice pigmented smooth finish. The color pay off is amazing and is incredibly flattering on the lips. 

Kiss Lashes in Shy
This year, one of my beauty resolutions is to definitely wear more looks using lashes. So I was ecstatic to get these subtle and natural lashes and lash glue in my box to play with it! 

Bonus Gift: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 
It's so important that when it comes to makeup and all things beauty related that we take care of the basics like brushing our teeth and keeping our smile nice and white. This bonus gift actually came at the perfect time as I had just bought a travel sized toothbrush so I can brush my teeth while out. 

Well ladies, that's all that was in my box these past two months. Let me know down below if you are an Essence Beauty Box subscriber too or what product you’re most excited about using. 

Stay glam Divas!!! 

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