Quick review here! This is another installment of my favourite indie polish series and today I am going to talk about Journey and Co.
I discovered Journey and Co. at The Makeup Show NYC this year. I love that the Makeup Show continues to provide a platform for smaller brands especially those that are women, POC or LGBTQIA+ owned. So, while browsing one of the upper floors of TMS, I came across a small booth with the most precious, black girl selling nail polish. I just could not resist! Her name was Journey and with her mum, founded a nail polish brand with a purpose. Each polish is handmade in NJ and carries an inspirationa, positivel message. This idea came about when Journey moved to a new school that lacked diversity and she maked nail polishes for all of her classmates to celebrate all of their differences.
J&Co. polishes are Big 10-Free, cruelty-free, vegan and kid-friendly. I bought 3 colours from their debut collection GRL PWR, but they have added more shades since then. The GRL PWR Collection was created “to inspire young girls to ‘Be Seen and Be Heard’ – to take lead in shaping their futures” (taken straight from their website).
So my blog, Noire Tropical Beauty, is celebrating its birthday today! It’s been 10 years since I tentatively put out my first post. It was 2009 and I was avidly looking for all the information that I could about anything in beauty. At that time, forums were the thing, especially for natural hair. I had just transitioned to natural hair in 2008 and I wanted to find out the best products and ways to take care of my hair. I fed my ‘lemmings’ for new M.A.C. releases on Spektra. Makeup was exciting and we were just entering a new age. The internet was changing how we consumed information and how we interacted with brands. YouTube was really brand new and being able to see someone demo a look or talk about a haul, even in 360p, was exhilarating.
Fast forward ten years later, so much as changed. Beauty has evolved from its more simple beginnings. Online content and shopping is king. It is impossible to exist in this space without some kind of social media presence. Brands heavily rely on influencers and online experts to help get the word out to the masses. This has been both good and bad. There is more opportunity for everyone to become an expert in but at the same time many of the prejudicies that have existed within beauty for decades have found their way online.
So what have I learnt in the last 10 years? I have loved producing content. I still get excited when something new, interesting or innovative is released. I have especially enjoyed seeing brands specifically focusing on the needs to black and other women of colour. Allyuh! We have options now!! Real, legit options and now we are in a space where we can demand and expect more and better from beauty companies. Nowadays coming out with less than 35-40 shades of foundation will get a collective cut-eye.
The one thing that I have learned is…
that no matter how many people are in the beauty blogging space, how many followers they have on YouTube, how many clicks they get on their blog, how much ‘sameness’ there is on their IG makeup looks, every individual is different and every voice in unique.
My blog has not been the most successful, I don’t have a huge following, but I have my own perspective on beauty, especially with my science and beauty background. I still enjoy doing the research and bringing new content to my readers. I still love educating and being educated. I am thankful for all of the people that I have met and friends that I have made along the way. And I am grateful to all those who have supported and followed me 🙂
Anyway, stay tuned for new content, say hi and let me know if there is anything that you want me to review.
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I am continuing my quest for finding the best chemical sunscreens for dark skin. Today I am reviewing the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++. I have heard a lot about this brand and they have carved out a specific space in skincare/beauty, where they consider themselves as sunscreen experts and they focus on making high quality, luxe sunscreen products. They have a myriad of offerings – mineral and chemical sunscreens, powders, creams/gels, stick, spray, face, body and baby. As you all know, wearing sunscreen is very important even if you have darker skin. I found this product at Sephora after browsing all of the different formulas. It is broad spectrum so it protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Unseen has a cult following and has even won an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2018. Honestly, what attracted me to this product, was the name – Unseen. Yes, even in 2019, there are lots of sunscreens that I cannot wear (mostly mineral sunscreens) that still leave an ashy/white cast on my skin. I picked up a sample from Sephora and tried it out for a week before I bought it, to make sure that I was not allergic to it.
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen is described as a broad spectrum, invisible, gripping primer for face that you can wear under makeup or alone. It’s a chemical sunscreen in an SPF 40, PA+++ with four commonly used sun filters. It is interesting that the PA rating is listed as it is not usually seen on sunscreens in the US but very common on sunscreens in Asia. SPF gives you an indication of how well it protects against UVB radiation and PA rating (which goes from 2+ to 4+) gives an indication of protection against UVA radiation.
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Other Details
Suitable for all skin types – dry, oily, normal and combination
Scentless and weightless
Vegan, gluten and cruelty free
Paraben-free, oxybenzone free
Part of the ‘Clean At Sephora’ programme
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Benefits
Meadowfoam Seed Complex – helps with hydration of the skin resulting in a more balanced skin texture
Red Algae – helps absorbs the blue light from our electronic devices, which may help contribute to aging of the skin
Frankincense – helps to soothe the skin
Antioxidant rich – helps protects against free radicals that can form in the presence of UV light. This helps amplify the effect of the sunscreen.
Water resistant for 40 minutes
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Thoughts and Conclusions
This is really invisible as you can see.
I barely need to rub it into my skin and it melts and completely disappears. It is very lightweight and it has a very smooth texture (it does contain silicones). It leaves a soft matte or velvet finish and I did not feel sticky, heavy or occlusive in very hot, humid weather. I would not say that it mattifies the skin but it does not add sheen to the skin. I have dry skin and I always use a moisturizer underneath and this is my last skincare step. If you have very oily skin or want a lot of blurring of the skin, I would be very careful in adding too many additional layers, especially in warmer, humid weather. Using something like a mattifying lotion before applying Unseen. If you must use another primer, use it very sparingly only in the areas most needed and after you have applied Unseen. Remember the goal is to protect the skin first.
It is slowly getting warmer and brighter! This makes me so happy! I certainly feel more alive once the seasons change. And in true fashion, there is suddenly lots to do. So…here’s what I am excited for this weekend.
Sephora Spring Bonus
Sephora is having its Spring sale. You have to be a member of their Beauty Insider program. I have had a few items on my wishlist that I have been waiting for this time for. I have done a few Sephora haul videos in the past, so check out some of my recommendations.
Details on the Beauty Insider Programme here. Also if you are shopping online at Sephora, make sure you use Ebates*, cash back on many purchases (this is an affiliate link).
The Makeup Show NYC 2019
My favourite beauty event of the year! I have been attending for many years now, and I continue to be excited and inspired by the artistry, the education and innovation. The Makeup Show NYC 2019 tickets are still available and you can also get them at the door.
They say the eyebrows frame the face. If your brows are not done, it does not matter what fantastic cut crease, halo eye that you do, it will not look ‘done’. In the past few years, the “Instagram” eyebrow seems to be the go-to style. Growing up, women often plucked their eye brows thin. Eyebrow styles constantly change, but having a natural, full looking eyebrow never goes out of style. I am jealous of people who were born with full dark brows. Mine are thin and not very dark. But I work with what I have, and I think that I have perfected getting a full, natural brow. There are no sharp lines, no concealer, just my brows but fuller.
Eyebrows: A Tutorial – Tools and Products
These are my favourite products at the moment (this post is not sponsored)