@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.

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


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Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #6 || July’s Edition

Hello beautiful and handsome ones! How are you feeling today?

We’re more than half way through July so you KNOW that my box has arrived. It has been here for just over a week even! I did an unboxing on my Instagram (@highnessempowershighness) and that made me well lazy to do a proper post here.

But here I am with it. Have a look! My babe at MEB is helping me to get ready for my holidaaaaaayyyyys!!

1- Phrooti’s Fruit infused water- RRP £1.95

I’m surprised this is not opened yet! I normally enjoyed flavoured water so I hope I like this one. The main difference is that this not simply flavoured. It is infused with real berries. Plus, it is made in England. Check them out here.

2- The Soap Connoisseur’s Blossoming Blueberry Whipped scrub- RRP £15

A new scrub! Glory!! The one I had done myself just finish. Talk about amazing timing!! Have you seen the price!! I hope it works nicely on my skin. Also, did I say it smells divine?! Their website is right here.

3-MEB’s Woke sleep mask- RRP £7

An item from their own brand. I’m gonna end up with everything they sell if I’m not careful you know.

Anyway, I am travelling in the next few weeks. Quite a long flight to be honest so I hame going to flaunt it and be ready to discuss with my neighbours about being woke!!

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

4- Jim and Henry’s leave-in conditioner- eight- RRP £18.50

When I unboxed it on my Insta story, I tagged the brand and they told me it is called eight because it only has 8 ingredients. Such a nice size for travels so I’m excited about that!!

5- Purell’s sanitizing wipe- sample

Keep it clean, even on holiday! I have not used had gel as much as I used to in ages. I simply wash my hands because it feels much cleaner. However, this is great in case of emergency!! yeah!

6- MEB’s Goddess necklace- RRP £10

Another one from MEB! Can’t wait to be rocking this precious little necklace. I love what it stands for.

7- Feed My Creative’s luggage tag- RRP £3.50

Ayeeeeeee!! Limited edition luggage tag!! I have spoken to the owner on instagram and she’s such a  darling. Well pleased with the product. Another thing I will be using this August!!

8- MEB Glorious fist badge 

Growing my collection ayeeeeee!! I am so proud of my badges. I’ll keep on saying it: they are amazing convo starter!!


Bits and bobs:


The content of the box is worth £57 which is the price I pay for 3 boxes 💁🏾💁🏾

Go ahead and empower someone today 👑✊🏿
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@MyEbonyBox review || May’s Edition

Good morning! How are you doing? Happy new month!

Just wanted to say a warm welcome to the new followers/ subscribers and thank for the love and support to everyone (old and new)

And it is here! I let June finish without the review of May’s box… sorry! I can barely believe that we’ve gone through half of 2017… just like that! I will be doing a big reflection and review of my life goals and accomplishments of the past 6 months!

 

Anyway, let’s see what has been used in May’s box

1- Gold eyeliner – Rimmel London RRP £4

 

Used and really liked the colour to be honest! I’m still working on my eyeliner skills and when I perfect it I will show you a look with this liner.

In terms of pigmentation, it is okay but it collected the colour of my foundation on my eyelids as I dragged it across them so I had to keep on “cleaning” the nib.

2- Exfoliating cleanser– bea skin care RRP £29

Not used yet… and I have no real reason to it- if I’m keeping it 100% real with you all.

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

Using it- This thing smells so nice it’s not even funny! I have not used it enough to actually review it

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

Used it a couple of time but I have a few pencil case/ makeup bags to use. Plus I really don’t want to ruin it in my work bag. I’ll used it during summer.

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

Using it! I didn’t use the pizza (?) recipe that came with cause I’m lame but definitely enjoying it. That I know!

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

Used it and finished it. Low-key sad. Whipped shea butter is bomb because you can use it from the top of your hear to the sole of your feet! I need to get some more soon because #SupportBoB yaknow!

7- 2 Girls artwork postcard- Nicholle Kobi 

My set of frames is coming so nicely! I got the from Poundland but they do the job so YAY!

That’s it my people!

A new month. 31 new days to shine, to be empowered and to empower 👑✊🏿


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Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #5||June’s Edition

June’s box has been here for more than a week now…. I’m terrible!!

For my defence, I posted the pictures on my Instagram page and before that, on my InstaStory. Therefore, if you follow me there, you already saw it all. Anyway…  How are you Highness?

What’s in the box?

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.

One thing I liked straightaway and for no particular reason was the yellow and orange combo. It looks B-O-M-B! Maybe it’s just me….

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

Food is bae- Crisps is food therefore crisps is bae, right? I have definitely tasted something from this brand. I’m surprised I have not eaten it all by now… see maturity!! (lol)

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

If you’re a tea drinker put your hands up 🙋🏾🙋🏾 I know I am. Even if it’s really hot, I don’t mind having a cup of tea.

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

I have a feeling I’m gonna like this and annoyed that it is just a sample. I loved last month’s whipped Shea butter (wait for the review)

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

How cute is this?! I like the message! I have a bracelet with my name on it that I have been wearing for the past 2 years (or almost 2 years). I rarely take it off of my left wrist.

I normally get annoyed with bracelet on my right wrist because as a teacher I write quite a lot and it is a bit disturbing. All that to say that summer is the bracelets season for me- right on time!

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

I have already made up my mind to use it as a headscarf so… that’s that. I will post a picture on Instagram whenever I style it, so connect with me on this platform 🙂

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

Somebody tell me they don’t look really cute!! They really are trying to get me summer ready (as they said in the leaflet).

 

Here is everything:

 

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.

How are YOU preparing for summer?

Support and empower for Highness surely Empowers Highness.

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


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#StudyingSociety: “Would you date a woman with an Afro? “

#StudyingSociety: “Would you date a woman with an Afro? “

Seriously, social media is full of people asking stupid questions!! It makes me sad…

The other day, as I was scrolling through my Instagram’s explorer page and I saw this picture with 3 photos of the (same) (gorgeous) woman with her hair in a MASSIVE Afro. It came with the question: “would you date a woman with an Afro?”… yeah, SAME!
I want to rephrase the question for them: would you date a woman with her 4c hair in its natural state?

Because really that’s the question they asked. I think they didn’t realise that a black woman with an Afro is like a Caucasian woman with her hair brushed down. It is nothing else but a NATURAL hairstyle.

My Afro is what my hair looks like when I comb it out. The same way, I could easily have braids, cornrows, bantu knots, twists and all this kind of jazzy hairstyles.

Cut us some slacks. You are not dating a woman for her hairstyle. If it is the case, well… let me tell you about that deception that is coming your way very fast. The afro can and will most likely change.
Now, it could well be that they were talking about natural hair in general. Maybe they amalgamated the two terms “Afro” and “natural hair”. In this case, it would be a whole other discussion for another day. Again, I could rephrase it in many ways to show the person how thick they sound.

 

Excuse me but I get really sensitive when it comes to black women with 4c hair… especially the bashing of it.

 

So please, I’m begging you, wear your hair with all the pride in the world. This hair came out of your scalp- own the life out of it! Please!

 

I could go on and on on this topic but that’s not what we are trying to do!

Thank you for reading and until next time, be empowered, always queen with the big crown…. I see you babe!

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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.

So follow me there not to miss out!!

Support and empower for Highness surely Empowers Highness.

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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