Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #4||May’s Edition

Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #4||May’s Edition

Hello there!

A new month, a new box! My box got here on Thursday with a new set of goodies.

Let us have a look at it all.

We still have the classy and classic black box.

1- Gold eyeliner – Rimmel London RRP £4

My kinda eyeliner to be honest. I used to love coloured eyeliners but for some reason we drifted apart. This right here is motivation. Watch out for the makeup look post…

I could not find it on Rimmel’s website but here is a link to it on amazon

2- Exfoliating cleanser– bea skin care RRP £29

This is the second part for the bea duo promised last month. i am now ready to use the konjac sponges. Also it is a full size product so yay!

3- Shea and coconut oil- Gro healthy RRP £4.49

I have grown fonder of this brand thanks to My Ebony Box, although buying any of their product is a hassle- especially for me living in Bournemouth *sigh*

Anyways, oil is alway needed for my natural hair. Since I am trying to grow it out, I’m going to work out on a good but simple regimen to see how much it helps.

4- QUEEN make up/ pencil bag– My Ebony Box RRP £6

😍😍👸🏾👑- That’s all I have to say!! #Highness

5- Scotch bonnet sauce sample- Tropical Paradise Preserves RRP £2

When I say this item, all I could think of was Beyoncé’s lyrics: “I’ve to hot sauce in my bag…”

Okay, I know she was not talking about literal hot sauce but in my case, it applies so we’re gonna roll with it :)-  Their FB page is here.  (That’s the first time I cannot eat the edible item whilst typing the unboxing post… sad)

6- Creamy whipped shea butter with precious oils- Aiko Naturals RRP £3.99

I used to do my own whipped shea butters so it is nice to go back to something that I know and that is practical and easy to use everyday.

7- 2 Girls artwork postcard- Nicholle Kobi 

More art!! I now can’t wait to move in my own house where I can really display all the beautiful melanin filled art that I have been receiving. I really wish I knew how to draw sometimes…

Also, I just checked her website and Nicholle is French so it’s like automatic love lol

The box’s content amounts to £49 that is almost the price I pay for THREE boxes. A big win if you ever ask me!! This is very profitable so if you are looking for a subscription box, I would definitely recommend this one.

I have some exciting news to share with you guys. I shall do it this week. If you follow me on snapchat (@mlle_mara) or instagram (@highnessempowershighness), you are aware of it all.

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There is greatness in you, Highness👸🏾👑✊🏿


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#StudyingSociety:My hair, Your problem?| “It’s because your hair is not normal.”

“Define normal”, I asked.

You know that moment when people say these things that are not very smart and you start wondering if there’s bleach in their head?! Well that was one of them for me!

This is from a conversation that I had with a friend over coffee. On my work lanyard, I have a badge that say “Don’t touch my hair” because it is cool and also, somehow, people think it is a very much okay thing to do…. don’t ask!

So, we started discussing this and I was really trying to explain to him how weird that was. I also tried to tell him that funnily enough, this mainly happens to black women. He just could not see the problem. He came up with all kind of arguments such as it’s affectionate, it’s nothing  and so on and so forth. I refuted all of them. Aaaaaaand that’s when he hit me with the “it’s because your hair is not normal”. I almost hit the roof!

 

“What is normal hair? Please please, define normal for me! As far as I am concerned, my hair is normal for me and all the people that have the same type of hair as me think the same!”

He began stuttering. That was a nice load of rubbish what he ha just said. He realised it. Or so I thought.

I was quite blunt and asked him if his hair was normal and if so, why is that?

Is it the length? The texture? The colour?

Believe me or not but I could not understand where he was coming from! I had to remind him that he is Indian, for goodness sake.

What are we using as reference to normal hair? I would love to know.

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I really want people to stop making black girls, especially the ones with kinky, coarse hair, that their hair is not normal or not professional.

Do they need to be reminded that it is the hair that grows out of our scalp?

I have gone past the understanding and teaching point. I am fed up with it all now!

I want people to stop asking stupid questions about my hair! I also want them to stop touching my hair or reaching for it randomly. Is that too much to ask?

 

It doesn’t matter if your hair is natural or relaxed, long or short, real or not, nobody should be entering your personal space, trying to touch it just because they feel like it or because it is nice.

This is the type of thing I have to deal with almost everyday in my local area.

 

Be empowered my Highness, 👸🏾👑✊🏿

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If I were… || My Chinese portrait

If I were… || My Chinese portrait

A Chinese Portrait is an abstract artistic depiction of a person. You complete several sentences of the form “If I were a(n) X, I would be…” to provide insight into the way you feel.

If I were a color, I would be RED. It is such a vibrant colour! As clothes or accessories, it can make you stand out from the crowd…. so me!

If I were a fruit I would be MANGO or STRAWBERRY. The first one is very sweet and reminds of back home and the second on is red and yummy.

If I were a season, I would be SUMMER. The sun, the heat, ice creams … do i need to add anything?

If I were a country, I would be HAITI. I wish people would give a chance to this country and see all its beauty and what it has to offer…

If I were a natural phenomenon, I would be SUNRISE. Have  you seen one lately?

If I were a month, I would be OCTOBER. It’s my birth month.

If I were a job, I would be TEACHING… what I am doing right now. Because I believe education and knowledge are powerful tools in the hands of the wise.

If I were a transport, I would be a PLANE because it is a cool way of travelling. Being in the cloud is awesome.

If I were one of the seven wonder of the world, I would be THE COLOSSEUM as it is the only one I have seen my own eyes. Too easy I know.

If I were one of the 5 elements, I would be FIRE because there is so much energy released   during a fire.

If I were an historical year, I would be 1804- the year of the Haitian revolution.

If I were one of the 5 senses, I would be TOUCH.

 

 

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Pretty in powder pink.

Well, hello there!

I had not actually planned on going out this past Saturday, but I felt like getting dressed and putting makeup on. So I did. Here are some of the pictures that my almost personal photographer took for me (her insta)

 

 

Baby got back! Not really but since you could see my back, I thought it would be a good line…. sorry!

 

 

When I realised I had dried concealer on the back of my hand.

 

Me too, I can look for things that are not lost. See for yourself!

 

Deets:

Bodysuit and (overworn and over washed) skinny jeans: H&M

Shoes: New Look

Clutch bag: Camaieu

Patra vibes because I know I am the queen of the pack.

And I’m out! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have an amazing day. Stay empowered, highness.


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Short review of @MyEbonyBox || March’s Edition

Bonjour à tous! How was your weekend? I’m back with the review of March’s box from MEB. I did the first one last month (find it here) and I thought, well why not doing this month’s.

Let’s go!

1- Afrocenchix || Soothe – Natural scalp oil RRP £3.99

USING IT! I posted this on the new Instagram for my blog (here) and as I said, it is very useful now that I have braids on. It does work on itchy scalp.

2- Brown coconut oil || Lip balm RRP £1.00

I HAVE NOT USED IT YET- that’s simply because I’m already using at least 3 lip balms. I have a bad habit of starting them without getting to finish them. I either end up losing them or keep them for too long and throw them away.

3- My Ebony Box || “Black Girl Magic” earrings RRP £8.00

4- Dorcascreates || “To An Amazing Super Woman!” card RRP £2.75

NOT USED YET- it is so pretty I kinda don’t want to give it away… is that selfish of me?

5- Dorcascreates || art coaster- Black hair magic v3 RRP £6.00

KINDA USING IT- the truth is I keep it at home where I don’t really use coasters. I just like to look at it, like the previous item.

6- Magic collection || satin sleep cap  RRP £3.99

USING IT USING IT AND USING IT. I actually left my old one in Canada, when I went last summer and since I came back I had been using headscarves until I received this. It is a very useful tool of black girls/ women with natural hair out there.

7- Chika’s || chickpea crisps RRP £1.79

ATE IT- I‘m pretty sure I finished it by the time I wrote the last full stop of the unboxing post…

8- Dorcascreates || postcard art print RRP £1.00

I’m ashamed to say that I have not framed not put it up yet. I definitely will!!

 

See a Queen, Salute a Queen!

Málaga, ciudad maravillosa ✨

This time last week, I was enjoying the sun in Málaga!! Oh what a ciudad!!

I spent a week there and I did not want to come back. Málaga is me as a place: quiet and extra as the same damn time!!

Have a look at some of the pictures I took 🙂

They may not know that I am a French citizen living in England but they will definitely remember me as the Haitian girl, la morena con el pelo largo.

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My trip fell during la Semana Santa (=Holly Week, which is the week leading to Easter) so I really got to see the city being extra!

The people in the following picture are not part of the KKK but are Nazarenos, members of a brotherhood.

 As you can see, “the chair” followed me all the way to Spain smh.

Just chilling with my bull in Ronda!

Ronda is a pretty much a postcard!

Chilling en la casa de San Juan Bosco!

En la plaza de Toros de Ronda- the OG of the plazas de Toros! Serving some #BlackGirlMagic aye!

Málaga is a place that I will DEFINITELY go back to!!

Have you ver visited Malaga or any part of Spain?


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@MyEbonyBox -April’s edition Unboxing || Spring has sprung 

@MyEbonyBox -April’s edition Unboxing || Spring has sprung 

I have been gone forever. My last post was a short review of my February box from My Ebony Box. I have a very busy beginning of April then I was away for a week (post coming… keep you eyes peeled)

 

I have many posts coming up this second half of this month.

 

I came back to England yesterday (Resurrection Sunday) and I was really excited because My Ebony Box was here waiting for me. Without further ado, let’s go through what was sent this month.

 

 

 

1- Choc Plus – Hot chocolate marshmallow and chocolate. RRP is said to be £2.

Now, the thing is I don’t drink nor eat chocolate as much as I used to but this is nice to try. I will probably be sharing with friends.

 

2- Cream of nature– Açai berry and keratin strengthening hair masque- RRP £1

I normally like the products from CON. This is a new fragrance. I will only be able to use it when I remove my braids. I will keep you posted in my review of this box, next month.

 

+ 2 samples (shampoo and conditioner). I don’t have a whole lot of hair but I already have a feeling that will not be enough- especially the conditioner.

 

3- Choctone postcard by Ramses Schweizer- RRP £1.50

Indead, “my chocolate comes in all shades”. Love the message behind it! If yo are familiar with the Pantone concept, you should understand this easily. Another piece to frame!!

 

4- EWA Nutrilicious face mask RRP £1 on the leaflet but £1.50 on the insta page. 

It’s a mix of clay , coconut powder and some other powder. It is to be mixed with water of milk. I will try both ways and review it.

 

 

5- MEB– Handmade African bangle RRP £5

It’s MEB’s own brand. I love Ankara everything.I am VERY into that because they tend to be really unique.

 

6- MEB- Ebony noir candle. RRP £4

I’m not trying to be funny but this one of the nicest smells ever.  Spicy, woody and floral is EXACTLY what it smells like. I didn’t think I would like it but my mistake!! I had stopped burning candles a few months ago but I’m gonna get back to it because it is always nice. 

 

7- Bea skincare– vitamin infused Konjac sponge set £RRP £22

According to the leaflet in the box, it’s the part 1 of it. Next month, we should receive prat 2. I want to believe it is the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser from the same brand but I could be wrong.

I’ve had Konjac sponges before and usually enjoyed using them. We shall see if it makes any difference that it is vitamin infused!

For a grand total of £37-worth this is April’s box. Again a variety of products that I will surely enjoy.

Final thing in the box was a discount code to use on the website AfroHairSolutions.

 

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There is greatness in you, Highness👸🏾👑✊🏿


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