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Guess who’s back with another unboxing? Me (duh)! Before we get started, a brief review of last month’s box:

Kale Mask by Brown & Coconut

Surprisingly, this did not smell awful. Mixing the contents as well as application was super easy. I had enough to make a mask for my brother and me. After, my skin was super smooth, soft and it wasn’t its usual red and irritated-self after I removed the mask. Even my little brother’s skin was looking healthy. Two thumbs up!

V-Steam: The Detox Blend by The Hues Company

So, I’ve heard of this but never really investigated it because I didn’t want to agitate my “V.” Her and I are cool and have a mutual understanding but it was in the box and I’m about that life. There are many benefits to V-steams but I must say I was concerned about overcooking my “V.” I can’t attest to its benefits yet but would totally recommend it and look forward to trying it again. Live a little!

Sole Cleanse Foot Detox by NaturalSelfSkincare

OK, this was my favorite one. Although its main purpose is to detoxify, it smells so good and made my feet really soft. The smell stuck with me for a while. I’m not sure if it was because it was on my skin (or because I spilled a bit of the water) but I loved it. I need this in my life. NOW!

Oats & Herb Bath by NaturalSelfSkincare

I change my mind, this one is my favorite. This psycho weather has resulted in eczema and hive outbreaks so this was very timely and smelled beautiful. Ugh, it was such a spa experience until the water got cold. Not only do I need this but I need it every day of my life.

Butters by Jay

I love butters and prefer butters over faux lotions and moisturizers. I keep this in my purse to moisturize midday but I also apply it to my nails and cuticles when doing a mani and pedi. Like the others, it smells lovely.

Honey Lip Balm by Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies

This is another product I carry in my purse because my lips can get really dry and disrespectful real quick. I also like to apply a light coat before applying lipstick, before bed and early in the morning. Bonus: It does not look like you ate a fried pork chop after application.

Black Sugar Perfect First Serum by Skinfood

I applied this toner after my mask but honestly, it’s hard to determine if it’s beneficial after one use so I had to do a little research. It’s quite affordable and has excellent reviews so I will likely take a chance and buy the full size.

Now, to the moment we’ve all been waiting for!


Shout-out to Coalesce Cooperative Work Environment (where the video was recorded), Small World Studio for the music and Mom (who made me). She did not appreciate not being included in last month’s shout-outs, lol.

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Hey, it’s Ashlee (duh, it’s my blog)! I decided that the best way to introduce you to HuesBox as one of their Brand Ambassadors *insert applause here* is to interview Jasmine, 1 of 3 founders (other founders include Robin (Mom) and Jenae (Sister). So, let’s get this party started! In one sentence, describe HuesBox? 

HuesBox is a beauty and wellness subscription box curated specifically for people of color by people of color.

How did you come up with this concept and how long did it take to execute it? 

We came up with the idea after years of difficulty identifying hair, skin, and wellness products we could use. I started using subscription boxes five years ago but never received a box where I used every product it contained. I was complaining to my mom and sister about my disappointment with the subscription boxes. We came up with the idea in November 2015, sold our first boxes at The Gathering (in Minneapolis) in November 2016 so it took about a year to get everything ready for launch.

Subscription options include 1, 3, 6 and 12 month plans filled with products created and curated specifically for people of color. There are no reoccurring fees; instead, subscribers are sent reminders based on their plan. Orders are placed from the 1st- 15th of each month with full-sized products available for purchase at The Hues Company Store

There  are a ton of subscription boxes for women of color, what makes HuesBox different? 

We really see HuesBox as different from our subscription boxes for women of color for several reasons: First, HuesBox is for men too! Currently, our boxes start out gender neutral, then are curated based on your beauty and wellness profile where subscribers can designate their preferred gender identity. We hope to launch Hues His Boxes in Spring 2017. Secondly, HuesBox takes a holistic approach to beauty. This isn’t just about makeup or external wellness, subscribers will receive products for mind, body, and spirit. We’re tapping into centuries of beauty secrets from communities of color to address lifestyle needs more broadly than other boxes. Lastly, we’re committed to working with small minority-owned businesses. When we began creating HuesBox, we realized that there were so many individuals creating amazing products but they were having difficulty reaching their target market and scaling up to a broader reach. We see HuesBox as the link between these small businesses and their target audience of people of color. That means if HuesBox is successful, so are all the companies we work with. The products in your HuesBox are probably not products you’ve seen at your local Target, and that’s exactly the way we want it.

Why not another beauty subscription box? Vain women fuel the economy. 

Because HuesBox isn’t a beauty box, we don’t see it as about vanity or women specifically. Each month a theme will partially inform the products you receive. The products will address different lifestyle aspects, some about beauty strictly defined, but others may be about self-care, or internal wellness. HuesBox will make you feel better, not just look better.

What do you want men to know about HuesBox? 

Men this is for you too! You don’t have to worry about receiving products you can’t use. Your HuesBox is personalized just for you via your profile.

Why use small businesses opposed to known brands?

HuesBox is trying to encourage economic growth in communities of color by connecting small businesses with their target audience. Known brands don’t need help in that regard.

Some businesses may not be equipped to provide such a large amount of samples, how do you prepare them? 

If small businesses want to be in HuesBox but not yet equipped, we generally speak with them to figure out the gap between what they are currently equipped to do and what we would need. If the gap is small enough, we provide advice, guidance and make vendor connections as needed. If not, we encourage additional growth before inclusion.

HuesBox is always interested in learning about new companies catering to the health, beauty, and wellness needs of people of color! To become a vendor, complete this form.

Hues is a team of 3 (Mom and Daughters), who does what?

We all do a bit of everything! That’s the fun in working together and having faith in each other’s abilities.

Where do you see HuesBox in a year?

We hope HuesBox has developed a regular following of subscribers in a year, and we’re still bringing you high quality, but relatively unknown products. We hope subscribers are excited to receive their HuesBox each month, because we’re always excited to curate them for you!

Any advice for entrepreneurs?

Keep pushing to expand, but only at a scale you can handle. Fund as much as you can out-of-pocket for as long as you can. Brand consistency matters. Don’t be afraid to admit mistakes!

For more information, visit HuesBox! Have you subscribed yet? Share your story with us! What do you think of subscription boxes? What products do you want to see in your box? Follow my royal ambassadorship on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Read and share my previous post: Hidden Figures

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scrubBefore we start, join our new Facebook group here, subscribe to the newsletter, “like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin. Now, to your regularly scheduled post:

Sugar Advance Therapy Lip Treatment is great and all but let’s be real, some of us need something a bit… stronger. Advanced, if you will. Particularly, those of us suffering from dry, cracked and peeling lips. Just last week, I had an eczema outbreak and guess where it happened? My lips! Moment of silence.

To speed up the healing process and get my lips back to being awesome, I applied Sugar Lip Polish:

This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes as it exfoliates and conditions for a smooth finish. The formula nourishes lips with quick-absorbing meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils, while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. Lips are left smooth, protected, and hydrated.

So, I usually apply while in the shower, leave on for a few minutes, remove with a warm towel, apply Sugar Advance Therapy Lip Treatment, then blow a kiss to myself in the mirror. Anyway… Sugar Lip Polish retails for 24 bucks and for only 0.6 oz *runs and hide* For more, visit Sephora.

But wait, there’s more! *whispers* mix brown sugar with coconut oil or shea butter and you’ll likely experience the same results. You’re welcome.

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As stated many times before, my only gripe with my skin is a few dark marks that appear to the right and left sides of my face (that’s usually covered by my hair). I’ve been doing everything necessary to get rid of those stubborn bastards (i.e. facial scrub, fancy face sponge, face mask, aloe vera gel, skin-lightening serum, and rosewater). However, my esthetician told me I needed to use sunscreen. Brace yourselves. I’m black (just in case you didn’t know). Most black people don’t use sunscreen; particularly, brown- and dark- skinned people because we don’t suffer from sunburn and our melanin seems like a sufficient amount of protection. *shoulder shrug* Of course, I was like “whatever” until a Sephora Skincare Expert told me the same thing. She showed my an assortment of moisturizers with SPF $30+ but errrrr, I wasn’t about to spend that much. I would just buy regular, degular sunscreen and apply it before the other load of crap I put on my face. By load of crap, I mean moisturizer and primer not actual crap. I had to clarify for a few people, you know who you are. While grocery shopping last week, I bought Aveeno’s Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combines ENVIROGUARD™ Technology and ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to deliver superior broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection while hydrating skin to keep it soft, smooth and feeling healthier than before you went in the sun. For use on face and body, this exclusive formula is fast absorbing, oil free, noncomedogenic, and sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.

After toning with rosewater, I apply sunscreen then moisturizer and primer. So far, I haven’t experienced any adverse effects such as a breakouts. I bought a tube for 9 bucks and some change. Although, I bought this from my local Kroger, I’m sure it’s available at all grocery stores, drug stores and or gas stations.

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