Unboxing @MyEbonyBox|| October Edition

Hi there!

Last month I was lazy and selfish extremely busy so i still have September’s content in my drafts… sorry about that. But this month I am back with the unboxing

October is a celebration month! This October is very special for MEB as they are celebrating they first birthday or anniversary- depends if you’re looking at it as something Queen J birthed or another company…

October is also my birthday… TWINS!

Finally, October is ALSO Black History Month. So the content of this month’s box celebrates both occasions. I was really glad to open my “monthly dose of melanin self-care”

Check it all out down there.

From Palmer’s UK – https://uk.palmers.com

1. Cocoa Butter Formula Jar- RRP £3.65

can be purchased here (Superdrug)

2. Olive Oil Deep conditioner- RRP £1.99

From Black On Paper- https://www.blackonpaper.com

3. Billie Holiday A6 print- RRP £2

I did not know about this but the concept is amazing!

Did you know you could get your OWN face on paper?

… or a friend’s- whatever!

4. Black Glamour Squad badge- RRP £4

One more!!!! yes! I’ve got a thing for badges.

From MyEbonyBox- http://www.myebonybox.com

5. I am Black History earrings- RRP £7

Just look at them! I’m not gonna say anything else.

6. Gold frame- RRP £4

I have not tried but I have a feeling it is the perfect size for the print from BOP or even the one that came on the cover of the box. Will check!

From Shetai – https://www.shetai.co.uk

7. Natural hair butter- exclusive sample

This is such a nice size for a sample… I wonder how big the real products are :O

I’ve said it before, I love whipped butters for hair or skin because of the texture. I am a very happy product junkie right about now!

From their website: “Our lightly whipped, multi-use, super soft hair cream contains pure organic Shea butter lightly fused with nourishing natural oils.”

From Nylah- Nylah’s website

8. Herbal hair tea- grow blend -RRP £5

It’s really weird how we used to boil leaves (basically making tea) to wash from head to toe in Haiti as treatment for one thing or the other. To us it was normal but receiving this hair tea surprised me. Anyway, I cannot wait to try it.

From the website: “Herbs have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase its manageability and restore lustre, body and bounce. Our Grow blend contains key herbs and super botanicals that stimulate the scalp and nourishes the hairs follicle helping to reduce excess shedding and promote hair growth”

From Green and Black’s – https://www.greenandblacks.co.uk

9. From Green and Black’s organic

This is really sweet as a gift from MEB. I will have to gift it to someone else as I don’t eat chocolate.

 

On top of ALL these goodies, I got a little extra… These gifts make me appreciate Queen J even more! I feel the love. I really do!

Thank you so very much!

And another one!! By the way, I just bought a few for some of my students. I can’t wait to give them out.

aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!! I am screaming!!! I swear she just knows me by now!! Hay are AH- MAY- ZIIIIING!! Let me go and be extra fabulous. I’ll see you later!

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“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”- Psalm 1:3

 

 

 

 

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I am a pageant princess 👸🏾 

Good morning  everyone!!

How are you?! How have you been keeping?! Seriously it has been ages. Or so it feels. I have not checked but it feels like a couple of months without a post or interacting with anyone here.

I have been absent here but doing the most on Instagram (@highnessempowershigness).
Back to the topic of the post: me, a pageant princess 👸🏾 !

Just a week ago, after 6 months of training and driving back and forth to London, I was picked as the 1st runner up of Mr and Miss West Indies UK 2017. (*squealing with joy)

 

I know I be out here posing and taking pictures 24/7 but this was a first for me and completely out of my comfort zone.

I was really excited to be part of the top 3- although between you and I, I really think I was set to win. Not it’s not me being arrogant or conceited. Second place at my first pageant must be something!

 

 

During the 6 months, I learn to pageant walk in an evening dress but also a swimsuit! I learnt about the other West Indian islands and territories.

This journey built my confidence to a whole new level: I had been driving for a year in this country but I still had not been on the motorway because I had no real need to but also because of fear. However, when my application went through, I understood that I would have to be going to London quite often, therefore I would HAVE to drive there. Lo and behold, I had it in me already to drive to and IN London.

dress: PrettyLittleThing

 

Missguided and a bit of DIY got me that hot piece

 

Obviously, I was representing Haiti. Haiti is where I was born. it’s where I spent the first 10 years of my life. I know it’s weird to be proud of your birth location cause you didn’t get a say in it but I can’t help it… I’m Haitian. We are a people full with pride.

I did my best to do Haiti and all Haitians proud!

 

From the first day, I got so much support from the Haitian  community in the UK and of course my family in France, Canada and USA. The way it played and how I ended meeting the ambassador and the rest of them, I KNOW it is God!

The ambassador, Mr Bocchit Edmond and the minister Counsellor Mr Laurent Prosper and also my sponsor came to support and cheer me up and they stayed till the end. I was soooooooo chuffed!

I tried to give them a taste of the Haitian culture. Taught them something for Black History Month I hope!

 

I took a step of faith by entering this pageant. I did not get the crown but this tiara has already raised my profile and as a child of God I am bound to do great thins. After talking to some people, I realised that the size of the crown did not matter. All that matters is what YOU do with the crown that you have.

If you’re thinking about doing something out of your comfort zone, GO FOR IT!!!!! Seriously, just do it. Whatever happened you will grow and learn a lot about yourself.

You are royalty- act as such.👸🏾👑❤️

 

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“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”- Psalm 1:3

 

 

@MyEbonyBox Review || July Edition

Hello all! Welcome to the month of September! 4 days down! We’ve already gone through 2/3rd of the year: C R A Z Y !

I am very grateful to God to have been able to see the lat 8 months.

As August had finished, I know it is time to have a look at the products that I received from MEB in July and check if I have used them or not. If I have yet to use them, I will tell you why. Let’s go!

1- Phrooti’s Fruit infused water- DRANK!

I kept it for a bit for no real reason but it is done: I have drank it.

As I said in the unboxing post, it is water infused with real berries. It was refreshing but not sweet. I didn’t really like it because of that: there’s literally no sugar in it and I have a sweet tooth some sweet teeth. It did not work for me but if you don’t mind the absence of sweet taste, you can go for it. It’s a UK-made product too so check them out here.

2- The Soap Connoisseur’s Blossoming Blueberry Whipped scrub- NOT USED YET

I have a very good reason: I don’t have a define regimen for my skincare but I am working on it. I had to finish what I had because it was working for me so far. I’m planning on setting up a regimen that I will follow through the next months or so.

Their website: right here.

3-MEB’s Woke sleep mask- USED IT!

I don’t even care what anyone thinks this is just cool! Before that, I was not the “sleep-mask” type of girl but I guess you grow up and realise your mistakes.

Auntie, queen, babe’s website ->> here.

4- Jim and Henry’s leave-in conditioner- eight- USING IT

Did not take it in my suitcase in the end BUT I used it for the first time a couple of days ago- I mentioned in this post. I will keep on using it and see what’s up with it!

The first thing I noticed is how nice the texture is: fluffy and creamy and nice overall.

5- Purell’s sanitizing wipe- NOT USED

It’s in one of my bags somewhere…

6- MEB’s Goddess necklace- WORN!

Even my mom rocked this when I went to see her in Canada. Nuff said!

7- Feed My Creative’s luggage tag- USED!

At least 3 of the items I received travelled with me… I almost felt like MEB sponsored my holidays LOL. I already loved my tag when I opened the box. Did I feel stylish when travelling? YES!

This tag has been to Canada…. have you?

8- MEB Glorious fist badge- NOT PINNED YET

Getting this on my staff lanyard- ASAP!

I think this is one of the first boxes where I have used the majority of the items! AYE! For the unused ones, it is a matter of time!

I really hope you found this review useful. Pay them a visit, get a one-off box and see for yourself!

Have a fantastic week ahead. Take possession of what is rightfully yours IJN.

Many blessings and be empowered 👸🏾👑

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4cHair: Stretch it. Don’t stress it!

Good morning all! How was your Bank Holiday weekend?

I did not do much. Cross that! I did nothing at all so I had all the time to do something with my hair.

Now, so that you know, my hair has THREE different lengths because, I had grown the top, then the sides and now will start to do the back. As of now, I have an undercut and I am trying to reduce its size.

I had just taken down my woollen twists that I had for 3 weeks to go on holiday. I washed my hair and tried to thread it because I could  not be bothered to flat twist it as I normally do.

To moisturise my hair, I used the Jim and Henry “eight” leave-in moisturiser that I go from My Ebony Box 1 or 2 months ago. I am trialling it and will see if it works for my hair!
Here is how it turned out:

I did my best to pack it as a “ponytail”. I added a track of kinky hair around it.
I really like these tracks because of how they blend in with my natural hair.
If you know, you know. But if you don’t know, you truly can’t guess.


I rocked this on Sunday because who’s gonna telle me not to?!
I like the result very much but what I truly like with this style is that when I take it down, I have a whole new style.


I will do my best to keep my hair well moisturised so it is nice and soft when I remove the threads.

It was so incredibly easy to do that this will be part of my reoccurring hairstyles.

As my hair grows and I experiment more hairstyles, I will try to share them with you!

Hope you enjoyed it and are willing to give it a try. I know for a fact that some girls/ women do not like the look of threaded hair because they used to carry such hair when they were younger and it’s very ‘stay at home’.

The thread technique is really good to stretch your hair actually so if I can make it look cute, watch me do it!

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”- John 3:16

 

 

Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #7 || August Edition

Hello there!

​August is almost over so you KNOW that my box is here and has been here but… I was not. I travelled so I was not home when it arrived.

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QUEENS 👑👑
I’m sure you’ve seen the content on instagram or twitter but here is my unboxing post and my first impression

1- Queen Mason Jar- My Ebony Box

RRP: £10

If I tell you I’m a big fan of Mason jars, you may nor believe me so see for yourself below!

Yes I own … already BUT this one pretty much has my name on it!! Like come on! How cool will I look having a smoothie or a juice in this jar? huh?

I’m waiting!

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2- Queening notebook and pencil- My Ebony Box

RRP: £6

I’m a stationery lover and buy loads of notebooks that I don’t use… I’m working on it. Please don’t judge me.

I had heart eyes when I saw these two and you can’t tell me NO-THING! Look how cute they are!!!! LOOK!

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3- Pink travel/ shopping bag- My Ebony Box

RRP: £8

I’m not sure as to how much I actually like pink BUT this makes a good back to school/ work item for me because I carry a lot of stuff from school to home and back.

I think I will leave this in my car just in case I need it. #Adulting

4- Soap Trio- NaturalSoapByDesign

RRP: £2

These three made the box smell almost like Lush…. in a good way.

I have been sniffing them trying to work out which is which but no success. Sorry guys.

Just know that they actually smell nice. Really.

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I’m going to check their website to find out because I won’t use them until I do.

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5- Coconut Oil – Vita Coco

RRP £2.99

Having coconut on the go because how else can you show you’re an adult, right? I have done it before but this pot is slightly bigger that the one I used to have.

Whatever we say, coconut oil is a very good one that you can always use.

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6- Lemon ChinChin- Real African Food

RRP: £1

Alright! Here is the food y’all!! It’s funny because I have a love/ hate relationship with chinchin.

I which I had the vanilla one instead of lemon but it’s the small pack of 70g so it will be finished in no time.

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7- Sleek foundation kit palette_ Test your shade- Sleek 

RRP: £4.99

I’ve been eyeing Sleek’ Crème to powder foundations for the longest but never made up my mind. This is a tester palette with 5 different shades! I will have a play with these and see if it would work for me.

I will use the lightest ones to conceal and the darkest to contour I guess… We will see!

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8- Digital art of MEB’s founder (Jenaitre)-

Queen and Boss Lady 👑👸🏾

And this my dear was the full content of my box for this month! July’s review is coming before the month actually ends! Stay tuned!

Funnily enough, the leaflet mentioned carnival but I don’t really do carnival but this box felt more like a back to school to me. I have one last week before school starts that’s probably why I have this feeling.

Be empowered 👑👸🏾

 

 

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#IssaPageantLife: MMWIUK

#IssaPageantLife: MMWIUK

Hello there!! How are you guys doing?

Thank you for coming (back?) to read my posts. It is well appreciated.

What are we talking about today? Well, let’s talk about risk, stepping out of my comfort zone and pageantry! An awful lot some would think but really in this case, they are all linked.

 

In May this year, a picture about a pageant (Mr and Miss West Indies UK) came up on my Insta explorer page. Looked at it, considered it but moved on. Days later, it came back up so I asked a friend what she thought of it. As my hype girl, she did what she knows best: she hyped me up. Anyways, I ended up applying. By the next morning, I had an e-mail saying I was accepted in the competition and of course, I got well excited…. why wouldn’t I?!

Fast forward to our first meeting then the second one etc…

Before and after each meeting,  I start thinking about the “hows” and “whys” and “what ifs”. When I saw the other contestants and what they had done in the past, when I considered the fact that some have already done pageants before, I doubted myself but by God’s grace, I have been able to complete the tasks and I’m learning and growing.

 

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1: 7

 

As you may have guessed, I will be representing HAITI *woop woop*

I feel sooooooooo honoured to be able to do so. I have been teaching the other contestants about Haiti since then.

Erratum: it is not a BEAUTY pageant but simply a pageant.

Starting this pageant helped me get in touch with members of the Haitian community in the UK and oh my the support is sooooooo real!!

 

 

The coolest thing is the day of our first meeting, I went to the Haitian embassy and got to meet the current ambassador 

As I said, it is something way out of my comfort zone, because I have to convince people, I have people judging what I do and how I do things. I try not to think about the stressful part too much: I need to secure sponsors, I am looking at outfits to wear, I need to consider how best to represent Haiti!!!

Below are some of the other contestants!

Even if I did not win the pageant, knowing that I tried and tried my hardest would be good enough for me. Of course, I am there to win because it would be a good start for what I want to do in the near future. I trust God to make a way!

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK AND LIKING MY PICTURE AND THE PAGE -> HERE <-

“I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.”

Joel Osteen

Please keep in touch via instagram, FB, or the official website (https://www.mrandmisswestindiesuk.com/?action=contestants)

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


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@MyEbonybox review || June’s Edition

Good morning, afternoon or evening all!!

How is the summer treating you? Are you working? Doing work experience? On holiday? Or simply at home? Let me know what you are up to in the comment section below.

 

We are well into August and I should have done my review and be opening August’s box by now but I am not home at the moment so I can only do the LATE review for now. Let’s see what I have used in June’s box so far!!

 

Okay, so I know that this is not a piece of art but I thought it was cool so I framed it and it is now standing on my desk.

 

 

1- Burts Levi Roots Reggae Reggae crisps by Burts crisps- RRP £1 ||http://www.burtschips.com

DEVOURED IT! Without surprise I loved it. I don’t eat a lot of crisps anymore but would definitely recommend these because of the little spice it has in it! DELICIOUS they were!


2- Women’s Energy tea by Yogi Tea || http://www.yogiproducts.com

NOT USED YET- here is the reason: I had misplaced it because of the big move I was having in my room after opening the box *sigh*


3- Caribbean Coconut Whipped shea butter by AfroDeity || http://www.afrodeity.co.uk

TO USE this week- I have brought it with me on holiday to use and review. See the size, it will be 2 to 3 servings I think. Check my instagram for review (@highnessempowershighness)


4- She who believed- silver bracelet by MEB RRP £10 || http://www.myebonybox.com

WORE IT- I think this bracelet is actually so cute. I used to have a bracelet with the same message but I can’t seem to find it. Therefore, this one came as a good replacement. It’s a great reminder and way to empower myself.


5- Multi-use scarf/ headwrap/ sarong by MEB RRP£6

USED- as a headwrap only for now bur for different occasion. I love my hair. God knows I do. But, my, my, how I lurrrrv a nice headwrap for real!!


6- Moisture Silk shampoo and avocado smoothie conditioner travel set by Bourne Beautiful Naturals RRP £15 || http://www.bournebeautifulnaturals.co.uk


NOT USED YET- I was finishing my Shea moisture shampoo and conditioner set. Now that it is all finished, I will start using this once I have taking my protective style down. Will let you know then.

All items, bar the 2 samples, add up to £32… still more than what I pay for so still a big win for me. Don’t wait and get your own box from the shop HERE.

Support and empower for Highness surely Empowers Highness.

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


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