Skin Cabinet is Changing The Way You Shop for Beauty ProductsConsider Skin Cabinet your new go-to e-tailer for ALL things beauty.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!If you haven't heard of Skin Cabinet, now is a great time to get familiar. It's a beauty e-tailer that focuses on inclusivity through product range AND education. One look through their website and you can tell this shop has got great taste. If you enjoy curated beauty selections, consider Skin Cabinet your new go-to e-tailer. Bianca Townsend, founder of Skin Cabinet, shares her journey as an entrepreneur and what she hopes for her business. Learn more about this up-and-coming independent beauty e-tailer, and the entrepreneur who powers it.Why did you start Skin Cabinet? I started Skin Cabinet when I saw there was a void in current retailer offerings. I felt like other retailers had many of the same brands competing against each other with over-crowded product offerings. I saw a lack of inclusivity when it came to women of color brands. I felt like upcoming brands deserved to be seen. What are some values your company lives by?Integrity, trust, communication and customer service. We display these values in every transaction, communication and encounter. We pride ourselves in upholding these values. How important is community to you and your company?Community is the foundation of our brand. It’s the glue that holds us together. Being actively involved in our community is how we grow. Our customers become our friends. We listen to their needs, and figure out ways to make our community stronger. How do you foster a community through selling beauty products?Our goal is to educate through our social channels as much as possible through selling so that our customers make an informed decision. We create a space for the community to provide feedback on their level of service, the brands we carry and how we can continue to grow. What are/were some obstacles you faced/face when/while building your business?When we first launched, there where endless obstacles, from payment processing providers, web design issues and gaining credibility amongst other major retailers. A lot of brands didn’t know who we were so it was very difficult landing brands at our store. One of the main issues we face today is being a boostrapped company, and not being able to scale like we want.What would your advice be to young Black women who want to become entrepreneurs?- Don’t give up no matter how hard it gets. There’s been countless times I’d want to throw the towel in but there’s so much joy in perseverance, and overcoming obstacles. - Come up with a solid plan, and create a timeline with your goals. From micro to macro goals. Write these down so you can keep yourself accountable. I walk around with a journal daily because that’s the only way I’ll complete tasks and goals. - Surround yourself with like-minded people who want to see you succeed. The company you keep play a major role in your life. - Study the industry you are pursuing so you are best equipped. I recently enrolled into esthetics school after studying the industry for years so that I could be even more well-rounded and knowledgeable. How do you source for products to sell or to include in your subscription box? I really pay attention to what’s happening in the beauty world. I do research on the brands, the founders and the ethics of the company. From that point on, we build a relationship and take it from there with testing their products out.What do you hope beauty lovers get from shopping on Skin Cabinet?I hope that shoppers experience a really easy, informative shopping experience. What are your favorite beauty products of the moment?Black Girl Sunscreen spf is my absolute favorite sunscreen right now. I highly recommend it to everyone.
BLACK GIRL SUNSCREENBlack Girl Sunscreen SPF 30Josh Rosebrook Complete Moisture cleanse. It’s the best gentle, serum based cleanser I’ve ever used.
Josh RosebrookComplete Moisture Cleanse
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Bronzer vs Contour: All You Need to Know
Every makeup pro needs to know the difference between bronzer and contour, especially in a world where a lot of makeup users seem to confuse the two terms. This bronzer vs contour 101 will explain how to use each product, and demonstrate the different effects each product gives. I have an oval face shape, so the exact techniques I use might need to be customised to suit your face The Difference Between Bronzer and Contour Bronzers are warm-toned cream and powder products that are used on the perimeters of the face and along the cheekbones to create softly defined, warm makeup looks. Contours, on the other hand, are cool-toned cream and powder products that are used in focused areas around the face to create a strongly defined, sculpted makeup look. The differences extend into how and where you apply each product on the face. Bronzers are best applied to the chin, the temples, the forehead, and along the cheeks. My best technique is to use a makeup brush to create a guideline from the top of your ear to the apple of your cheek. You can apply the bronzer softly along this line to lift the cheeks and add colour to the face, making you look bright and healthy. For your visual guide, see the picture of me holding the makeup brush! You can take this guideline and use it slightly differently to create a contoured look as well. Instead of following this line direcly, like you do with bronzer, you will instead apply contour underneath this line, and not take it onto the apples of the cheeks. Using contour from the middle of the ear to just behind the apples of the cheeks will simulate a natural shadow, and create a more hollowed out appearance of the cheek. This is great for highlighting your natural facial features and emphasising where the light hits your face, and creates defining shadows. You can see that my cheeks appear more defined, and the contour product creates a shadow effect, a different effect compared to the colourful glow of the bronzer. You can emphasise your contour by applying a shimmery highlighter to the high points of your face. Products I Used for Bronzer vs Contour For this demonstration, I used my current favourite drugstore palette, the Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit, in Light/Medium. At around AUD$13, this palette is super affordable and accessible at most drugstores, and online. It has a matte, banana yellow shade for highlighting the undereyes; a light, metallic champagne shade for highlighting the high points of the face; a warm-toned matte brown shade for bronzing; and a cool-toned matte brown shade for contouring. I recently bought this product, and it is super for fair to light skin tones, and is user-friendly for beginners. I find it best to use with a dense face brush. The powder of the palette is soft and fairly creamy for a drugstore product. I recommend this product for beginners, travelling people (great compact size), and all-round makeup lovers.
Almost returned COSRX Galactomyces Essence...
... but instead, I decided to experiment. First impressions This is not for me. Why? ￼￼Because it made my face oily throughout the day and highlighted the uneven texture of my skin. ￼￼Because I don’t want a product to highlight my flaws, I almost returned the product. -What a hassle- So I thought, if it’s supposed to help other products absorb and aid in moisture retention, perhaps I just need to play with the products I use in conjunction with it. Second impressions ￼￼Experiment 1a) Apply BEFORE RoC - Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Night Serum Capsules retinol at night Follow with THE BODY DELI - Nourish Night Cream Results The next morning my skins was not dry or flakey despite the retinol application. The moisturizer did it’s job but the night cream stung upon application ￼￼Experiment 1b) Apply AFTER retinol at night Follow with night cream (Same products as above) Results Same as experiment 1a. Except, the essence did not sting upon application. The night cream still did. Thoughts on Exp. 1a&b I thought that maybe the cream stung because it interacted with the essence. Based on the results of changing up the layering sequence, I have concluded that the sting was from the retinol plus night cream; not from the essence and night cream. This is a super gentle product that helps retain moisture. Even with retinol, it did not burn my face. It was quite the opposite, very soothing. It is for this reason I continued to Experiment 2. ￼￼Experiment 2 Apply after GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask (I don’t normally use mud masks anymore because they dry me out. Also, Despite being marketed to clear your pores, I see the little pore sebums poking through and not absorb the mask.) Results My face did not tighten up and feel parched and devoid of any moisture after immediately applying the essence post mud mask. I followed the essence with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals to give it some extra goodness. Thoughts on Exp.2 It felt really good to put on the essence and rose water. I’m always a little sad to apply a cream or lotion after a mask because I’m trying to get the stuff OFF my face, and I would like to enjoy that deep clean feeling. These two products were the PERFECT solution to maintain that no-product feel without compromising moisture. Overall impression If you have oily/combo skin I would not recommend using this essence before your moisturizer in the AM because it might work too good and you’ll end up slick. Instead, use it as a treatment after products that dry you out. (Best in the PM.) If you have dry skin, perhaps this is why so many people rave that it is a godsend... it helps retain your moisturizer! Thoughts? Opinions? Advice? Let me know!
Cherie Picks the Best in Hair
Hi all, hope you're doing well! We're so excited to announce Cherie's Picks for nail this week. Cherie's Picks is our way of celebrating different Cherie users for creating amazing content that the community has been loving, so these Cherie users have been selected by YOU, the community! Congrats to @firstname.lastname@example.org@annkrisha@APositiveBeautyfor being in this week’s Cherie’s Picks. We hope that you’ll give all these amazing users a follow to browse more of their content. Thank you all for sharing such great posts with all of us. We are so grateful to have all of you as a part of our community and will continue to spotlight Cherie members and their posts every week. Happy posting!
I have a distressed nail: now what?!
So your nail is cracked or the top layer is peeling and you need to save it before it breaks... I GOT YOU 👏🏻 Here are some tips to save your nail: ￼￼Use an acetone-free nail polish remover to remove any leftover polish from your nail and any excess oils. I use this one: up&up - Strengthening Nail Polish Remover ￼￼Wash your hands: do this in general, but especially after using the acetone free nail polish remover. This ensures that you won’t be trapping any bacteria under any nail treatments we’ll be using! ￼￼Use a nail strengthening treatment. I use this base coat which has helped me grow my nails SO LONG (by my standards) as someone who used to have a habit of biting their nails: ORLY - Nail Defense my only beef with this product is that it usually pees off within a few days if you don’t seal it with a top coat or other nail polish on top. ￼￼Use a THICK top coat on top of the treatment, or continue painting your nails as usual. This will create a barrier/shield between you and the distressed nail area and will leave it less vulnerable. You can repeat this as necessary, weekly until the distressed nail area is far enough grown out that you feel comfortable filing it down or cutting it off. Some of my nails are super brittle so I have to use strengthening treatments on them in order for them to remain healthy and long as they grow! What are your favorite nail treatments? #CheriePartner
Easy Pedicure & Nail Polish Review
WARNING! I’m serious! If you hate feet do not scroll into the photos. I’ve had surgery on my feet so my toenails do not look normal (thanks, youth sports!). NOW! Onto the review. Today I’ll be reviewing the Play Rosé nail polish by Holo Taco. HOLO TACO - Play Rosé This is a newer nail polish brand that was created by a YouTuber. Now I usually do not buy into celebrity brands but this one has SO MANY unique formulas that other brands don’t offer. So I just had to try them out! After purchasing some basic polishes last year, I finally caved and ordered a “holo” (rainbow shifting) formula. The Play Rosé is a holographic rainbow glitter formula with a rose gold base. It’s GORGEOUS. I will say that it does take 2 coats to get good coverage on the nail if you’re using it by itself. My beef with this polish is that when it dries down, it feels like sandpaper, so you really need to seal it in with a top coat for it to feel normal, and any areas you miss with the top coat can be sharp and annoying. The top coat I used here is HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco . I paid $14 for this nail polish and that’s definitely a premium price, but it’s a unique formula. You do also get a more-than-standard amount of polish in the bottle. If you’re in the market for a super high quality rose gold rainbow glitter nail polish, this is the one for you! This really makes a pedicure fun. I usually only use boring polishes on my toenails but I love how this turned out! 4/5 #CheriePartner
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