3 Foundations for Women of Color

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I’m wearing Arbonne foundation

Hello ladies. I have been receiving a vast amount of inquiries about what my foundation recommendations are for black women. I have compiled this list based on the following criteria:

  • Vegan (V)
  • Animal-cruelty free (ACF)
  • Non comodogenic (NC)
  • Sensitive skin type (SST)

IMAN

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For those of you who love a finished look without the maximum coverage. Out of all the brands I love, Iman has BB creams that are especially tailored for our different skintones unlike other popular brands that don’t cater to darker skin.  Iman cosmetics can be found in drug stores and is exclusively sold at Target.

**BB cream=Beauty balm. (NC)* (ACF)* (V)*vegeterian friendly & some of the products are vegan friendly. (SST)*

Arbonne

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*click on photo to view the demo of the foundation.*  100% (NC)*100% (ACF)* 100%(V)* 100%(SST)*

It’s a build-able foundation.  For sheer coverage apply less, for full coverage apply more. The foundation improves your skin’s texture and appearance with each application.

I sell Arbonne products & I highly recommend it.

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I’m wearing Arbonne foundation in Deep Bronze (click on the photo to start ordering your Arbonne cosmetics today.

BECCA

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Becca is also another favorite of mine. If you are worried about shine the matte formula is for you. It gives you hours of shine-free coverage. This is great because darker skin tends to reflect more light and appear oily especially in the T-zone.

(ACF)* (NC)*

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Natural Skincare with Lush Cosmetics

IMG_3124      I always stroll pass this store when I am on the upper east side here in New York City.  After a year I decided to go inside.  I know, a whole year. I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered and wondered why I had not gone in sooner.  Lush11390030_10203995860608990_5132865906191438949_n Cosmetics Shop and Spa is located on the corner of East 61st street and Lexington ave.  It is the house to an all organic and vegan cosmetic line of facial scrubs, cleansers, lotions, deodorants, shampoo and conditioning bars, henna dye for the hair, even makeup, just to name a few. Even the packaging is ethically sound and good for the environment.  All of the products are animal cruelty-free, meaning that no animals were used to test these products, in fact the company campaigns against animal testing. Their customer service is top notch and the scents in the store are invigorating. They even have a spa upstairs which I will be visiting very soon.

My go-to product so far is the “Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub.” It is created with white lime and infused- vodka to fade dark marks , and avocado and coconut to smooth and hydrate the skin.  The mixture of coarse and fine sea salt made my skin extremely smooth and more refined than it was. I’m sure I will see even better results as the weeks go by. After I rinsed the scrub off I used the sample of their “Vanishing Cream,” it’s weightless and non-comodegenic. Remember to exfoliate your skin once a week, that includes the rest of your body.  This product is made with no preservatives. I highly recommend it.

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(left to right)* Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, Mask Of Magnaminty, Vanishing Cream Moisturizer, Angels on Bareskin Facial Cleanser.www.lushusa.com

*Check out their website to learn more about this incredible company and their products.*

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Happy New BEAUTY YEAR: Raina is BACK!!!!

Hi everyone!!! Yes I know I have been away for quite some time now. I sincerely apologize.  Are you happy for what 2015 has in store for you? I know I am.  Last year was amazing. I styled hair for Marla Maples, Ericka Page White,Bethenny Frankel to name a few, and styled hair for advertising campaigns with Bauble bar and Danielle Nicole handbags.  I even got to do some charity work for ACS here in New York City, doing makeovers with my style team for a group of teenage girls on the lower east side of Manhattan.  Instilling self-esteem in young girls is very important to me.  Self-esteem is the foundation that every girl needs in order to become the woman she is destined to be.  I am expanding The Glamour BOX brand with a new look, videos, new LOGO and brand new website that will be debuting soon.  I am super duper excited and cannot wait to share it with all of you.  This year I will be doing more reviews, so stay tuned. In the mean time please do not forget to follow me on instagram @TheGlamourBOX & @TheGlamourBOXinc I do follow back, and I upload there very often.  Also LIKE me on facebook at The Glamour BOX .

I’m back and BETTER THAN EVER!!