Unboxing @MyEbonyBox|| November Edition

Unboxing @MyEbonyBox|| November Edition

Hi everyone,

I hope this post finds you well!

After their first birthday, My Ebony Box got a face lift and it looks smashing. MEB truly glossed up. When they emailed me the new look of the box, all I could think was “yassss! Go on queen!”

Here have a look out the new box (new year, new me)

Now, what’s in there…? Well, using the words of the founder herself “it’s all Scrub up and Glam”

1- Bath moments Body Polisher- Vale Mill £1.50

To scrub the dead skin awaaaaaaaaay! I have not used one of those in ages. I normally go for the exfoliating gloves from Primark. Back to basic I guess!

2- Nylah peppermint and jojoba soap- sample

I now have a nice collection of soap off of MEB and this one genuinely smells like a mint sweet. Nylah will be launching this soap over the festive season so don’t forget to get your own!

3- Natur Boutique Organic Moringa tea- sample

I found out about moringa last summer and didn’t know you could get tea version. Can’t wait to try that!

4- “Life is Beautiful” bus pass/ card holder -myebonybox- £2.50

Too bad I don’t have an oyster or any bus pass so I will use it for other cards!

I love the artwork and the reminder that despite all, life is indeed beautiful!

5- Sleek Matte me rioja red £4.99

I have a couple of these Matte me liquid lipsticks by sleek. They are decent so a new one to add to my collection. A red one on top of that… glory!

6- Unicorn fan blusher brush -amazon £2.00

That is well cute… although I have not worn blush in MONTHS because of highligher! Again, time to get back to basic, right

7- Sleek pomegranate blush £4.99

See previous point.

Also, I have 2 of these blushes (a bright pink and an orange one) and this is a colour I would not have thought of buying myself but this looks like a colour one could wear everyday!

8- Queening artwork by Draw Me Close aka DMC

IssaGrowingArtCollection- when I move into my flat/ house, it’s about to be bomb!

It’s beautiful isn’t it?!

9- 24Ten Queen choker – £12

Last but not least, a Queen choker for the choker queen!! ayeeeeeee! Whilst typing this post,  I realised that you can wear both sides -the “leathery Queen side” or the suede-ish plain side.

Two in one… IssaWin!

Over £28 worth in that little babe! Get yours! Seriously!

I wil be reviewing September’s and October’s boxes soon despite the fact I did not do an unboxing for the September one.

Hope you enjoyed the read. Click “like” if you did and don’t forget to “follow” to get notified of the new posts on the blog.

Be blessed and be empowered, always.

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“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”- Romans 8:31

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My skin went through hell and is now back… finally

Hello everyone!

Help me say “Praise the Lord!” for I’ve got a testimony today!

My skin went through hell and is now back! Thank God!!

Now listen: I really can’t tell when it all started but I know when I started to take notice and focus on it I wanted to cry. My skin got real nasty… real quick … for what seemed like forever. I can’t remember having bad acne before that bar some pimples when I have my periods or when they are coming.

 

Top — left: April 2016 and right: June 2016
Bottom  — left: Aug 2016 and right Jan 2017

 

As I have said many times before in here, I stopped eating or indulging on peanut butter and chocolate and I saw a reduction of the pimples on my face- cheeks, forehead and chin altogether!

When I no longer had the actual pimples, I had to work on removing the dark spots left behind.

Top — left: May 2017 and right: May 2017
Bottom  — left: June 2017 and right Feb 2017

I know I wasn’t where I wanted to be but in September this year, I had decided to go to work without makeup- apart from my eyebrows. I didn’t want powder nor foundation on my face. It was a bid deal for me because I work I a secondary school

Bottom right is where I am at this early November and it is still getting better as I am typing this post. GLORY!

 

Top — left: July 2017 and right: July 2017
Bottom  — left: Sept 2017 and right Nov 2017

I went crazy doing research online because to tell you the truth, I wanted a miracle product that would work in one day… quite literally. At the same time, I was proper and still am scared of the products with manmade bleaching agents. Yes, I want clear skin but I have my boundaries and reservations.

I was looking for more natural remedies and skincare so I went for: rose water, lemon oil, tea tree oil and black soap.

I obviously used other skincare products- the vast majority if not all contains tea tree.

For a period of time, I used 3 products from the Effaclar range from Laroche-Posay.

I really can’t tell you which one had the biggest impact on my skin but they ALL played a role to get me where I am now.

 

Currently, I am using rose water and witch hazel as toner, I still have some tea tree oil and black soap. I won’t say I have a routine per say but I try to keep my skin clear of makeup when I don’t “need” it.

Now I have the odd spots that come and go and I can deal with that. But I am also trying to really set a routine that I can keep up with.

 

I guess my conclusion to this post it to pay attention to your body and your skin, with is the largest organ of your body. You’re in your body till you die so take care of it as well as you can.

Be blessed and be empowered, always.

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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

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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@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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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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