Did you know that Coca Cola has a lipstick???? It’s actually a limited edition collaboration between the cold drink maker and The Face Shop and I have no clue where you can get it – mine was sent by a friend from Korea, who found it while cleaning up some inventory. 🥰❤️ I have looked online and it seems to be all sold out. The collaboration seems to have happened in 2018 and it’s definitely a collectors item if you can get your hands on one! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 The color itself is the exact red of the Coca Cola can (which, when chilled to almost frozen is my happy thing!). It’s smooth, matte and the kind of red that pops against all skin tones, making them look a notch brighter. 💋💋 What I love the most is the detailing of the design. The Coca Cola swirls, the tin can feel, the retro font… everything! Fun fact: My father was working with Coca Cola when I was born. I have always attributed that subliminal memory to my obsession with the drink Do you know where I can find more of these Coca Cola X The Face Shop collaboration products? @cocacola or @thefaceshop.official can you send some deets? 💄💄💄💄 When was the last time YOU wore a lipstick? Mine was possibly three months except for today, when I swatched this one for a bit. Pop a comment below… I could use the inspiration/validation 💋
Have you ever stopped to think where we would be without the beauty ingredients brought to us by the black culture? Shea butter? Cocoa butter? Argan oil? So, when a toddler cries because the world is slowly ingraining into her psyche that she is ugly because of her skin, it both breaks my heart and infuriates me. Because, overarchingly, we should NOT be discriminating against people for any reason. And secondly, so much of what goes into feeding our complexions comes from the African cultures. And these are not just ingredients that are being used by black-owned beauty businesses. They are the central points for so many mainstream brands and we are enjoying them on a daily basis without even realising it. @drunkelephant has built an entire brand based on Marula oil. Can you imagine @thebodyshop cult products without shea butter? @clarinsusa had a special extract formulated from the katafray tree for its Double Serum. Black lives matter. Our world would be far less beautiful without them in it, on so many levels. So, let’s drop the discrimination NOW and get more intentional about our daily rituals. Every time you use one of these ingredients, think of the lives behind them. Of how our attitudes shape, define and vibrate through this world that we all inhabit collectively. Save this post and share it with friends who would care. Who SHOULD care. And click on the link in bio if you want to read in more detail about these ingredients.
Do you want a hand sanitizer that kills the germs but saves your skin? Yes, it’s possible. I have spoken to both health and skin experts to find the seven best hand sanitizers of 2020. The overarching criterion was that they had to conform to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols, which at least 60% alcohol as that’s the bottomline for killing germs. After that, they had to be free of harmful chemicals and be kind to your skin as hand sanitisers can be notoriously harsh. And finally, bonus points for chic packaging. Because you could do with a hit of happiness every time you pull it out. Isn’t it? Finding hand sanitizers that score high on all three of these points was tough but click on the link in bio for the top seven that made the cut! Which is your favorite hand sanitizer? Tell me in the comments👇🏼 Illustrated by @perfectcelfer_illustrations
What have you missed the most during these crazy days of lockdowns, self isolation and quarantines? For me, it’s the small things. Like long meals with friends and family 🥂 Wandering around the shops to look at everything and buying nothing. Because even as things ease up a little, we are not stepping out for non-essentials. Sitting under the wisteria in the local park. 🌷🌱🌴 Grabbing a falafel from a food truck on the way to watch the sun go down 🥙 Watching a movie in the theatre, with a big tub of hot buttered popcorn. I will even make peace with bawling kids at this point! 🍿🍿 Hug my parents. Even be in the same city as my parents. It’s almost three months since I’ve met them. Squish my brother. Six months is too long to stay without meeting him Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and graduations in person. I’ve celebrated my birthday on Zoom and next week it’s mom’s turn. The whole family was going to get together and while video calls are better than nothing, they are simply not comparable to the real deal. 🙇🏻♀️ Travelling, which to me is basically life blood. Sometimes, I do it to explore a new place. Other times to run away from the ghosts of memories and experiences. This is the longest I have been in one place. And that place is a house under construction, which makes it even less fun. ✈️✈️✈️✈️ Yes, for me it’s the small things. Because life, I am learning, is lived in the small moments. What about you? What you miss the most right now? Post it below.
Buy a perfume and save the earth? Sounds like a lofty promise and no one product can actually undo the mess we have made of our planet. But kudos to some sustainability focussed brands that are trying. One of my favorites is Clean Reserve, which is supporting the world’s super-endangered bee population by sponsoring the Protect Our Species Campaign through its limited edition Radiant Nectar perfume. Are bees really that important? Aren’t they just a pain? And can’t we just live without honey? 🤷🏻♀️ Well, when you consider that 90% of the world’s flowering plants and more than 35% of the food crops rely on these tiny, buzzy workers for pollination – and hence survival – do you still think we can live without them? It’s not just honey, it’s about EVERYTHING. The food we eat, the flowers we love, the life we enjoy. Basically, they may be the third most important thing for the human race after the sun and water. 🐝🐝 And it reminds me of what Einstein had said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” 🌾🌺🥀🌻 And these bees ARE disappearing at a frighteningly rapid rate. Think widespread use of pesticides, loss of habitat, wifi signals buzzing though the airstreams, mono-cropping… it’s all causing bees to die out. 🌍🌏 The problem is so serious that the United Nations has designated a World Bee Day (it’s today!) and President Obama created the Pollinator Health Task Force. So, how can we help? Some of the easiest ways: 🐝 Buy raw honey from local farmers 🐝 Sponsor a hive – @thehoneybeeconservancy does a good job! 🐝 Reduce the use of pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in your garden 🐝 Get bee-friendly plants like lavender, honeysuckle, ivy, dahlias, rosemary and mint 🐝 Leave a water bowl outside for the busy pollinators 🐝 Support bee-conscious brands – my favorites are @cleanbeauty_collective, @burtsbees and @gisou And share this post to raise awareness with your communities and networks. The decline of bees affects us all! Tell us how you give back to our beautiful Earth below.