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While away on a vacation, one of the last things you want to deal with is an exhaustive search for products to fix a bad hair day. So when Orion Brown found herself in Japan “dealing with a major miscalculation of weather and a head full of hair with no hope,” she turned her annoyance into opportunity.
“I didn’t have enough product to get me through the trip and there was nowhere locally I could find the products I needed,” said Brown. “Dejected, I avoided the selfies and made the best of it. But upon reflection, I could only hope that someone would make (or would have made) a product company for travelers like me. There weren’t. So I created The Black Travel Box.”
The Black Travel Box provides travel size hair and skin products for people of color delivered to your door when you want. The product line includes a conditioner bar, hair balm, body balm, and lip balm.
“They say that necessity is the mother of invention,” said Brown. “Well, there’s no greater necessity for me than the “necessities” of travel when on vacation. We’re not a typical subscription box company. Our ‘subscribe and save’ model is similar to Amazon’s, where customers can choose products they know and trust, and then select a personalized schedule for receiving them right to their door. Subscribing is optional, but offers savings over one-time purchases, its flexible, and it can be canceled anytime.”
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With a background in consumer goods marketing and brand management, Brown leveraged her lessons learned, while working in corporate to build her business model and test the market for the products and service before launching it.
“The Black Travel Box could not be where it is today without that working experience,” said Brown. “While I’m still learning the ropes of entrepreneurship, the corporate experience of building and maintaining brands is exceptionally relevant here, particularly as we come into a personal care space that is both vast and nonexistent.”
For instance, according to a Nielsen study, “African Americans have cornered the ethnic hair and beauty market, ringing up $ 54 million of the $ 63 million total industry spent in 2017. Black shoppers spent $ 473 million in total hair care (a $ 4.2 billion industry) and made other significant investments in personal appearance products, such as grooming aids ($ 127 million out of $ 889 million) and skin care preparations ($ 465 million out of $ 3 billion).” Plus, according to data from Mandala Research, black Americans spend $ 48 billion each year traveling and are among the fastest growing segments in the U.S., with 68% surveyed wanting to learn more about their history and culture through travel.
Travelers of color who want to look and feel their best when traveling abroad are the primary consumers of the Black Travel Box.
“They take photos, selfies, and love to share their experiences,” said Brown. “They are avid social media consumers and content makers. While they travel far and fairly often, the challenge of easily getting their look “just right” hasn’t yet been met. They compromise on the products that they bring along, spending time filling travel sized bottles with their favorite products, purchasing “basic” skin and hair care ingredients abroad, or struggling to make what’s available to them work for their unique needs.”
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Black Travel Box is the sense of community it provides for black travelers.
“I started The Black Travel Box to give women of color a brand they could trust for all their travel personal care needs,” said Brown. “Globally, Black travelers have few if any places they can go to find personal care products that work for their hair and skincare needs. As the culture of international travel continues to grow in our community – more and more of us are exploring the world with a level of freedom and wanderlust that our parents and grandparents could never dream of. Our brand is here to help these millennial explorers travel in confidence (we call it #TravelInColor) knowing they have the products to put their best foot forward and rock those selfies in Croatia, London, China… or where ever their travels may take them.”
Scarlet was trying to figure out what the brand Jen7 is, and came across this article explaining it. “Interesting concept. The jeans are supposed to be for the original customer of the ’90s, who is now in her 40s, and whose body may have been changed due to child bearing.”
Vildy recently found this series of videos on how to style various basic items ten to twenty ways. “What I like about them is how she classifies each look — street style, preppy style, etc. It’s enjoyable to see how she tweaks each outfit to represent modern iconic looks, while at the same time keeping a very small wardrobe. A different kind of versatility than just dressy, casual, etc.” Vildy thought this fit right in with the shop-your-closet-challenges on the forum.
The older I get, the more I realize how much I’ve been duped into buying items I don’t need.
I thought I needed specific store-bought products until years of being broke forced me to find affordable DIY alternatives. I learned to forgo some items all together.
Seeking out other options for expensive household products can save you money and make a dent in your bottom line over time.
Affordable DIY Alternatives for 11 Household Items
Edge these items off your grocery list and put more money in your pocket with cheaper substitutes — or by doing a little DIY experimentation.
I didn’t waste money on deodorant for years because I didn’t need it. Why buy something I didn’t need?
Well… I did need it eventually and found an inexpensive natural alternative that blew my mind.
Lemons work as a natural deodorant. Citric acid kills bacteria and odor, plus this method is 100% natural.
Dice up the lemon into wedges and rub the juice side of the wedge on your armpit. Get the whole area wet. One wedge should work for both sides. It doesn’t take much, and the same wedge can be used until it dries out, which can be days or more than a week.
You can use fresh or overripe lemons. Experiment to find what size works for you. They will not stop you from sweating because they’re not antiperspirant.
Pro tip: Do not apply after a fresh shave, ladies. It’s painful and might cause irritation. Trust me.
Not into lemons? Try Crystal brand mineral deodorant. One stone costs around $ 3 and can last for a year.
A name-brand bottle of mouthwash costs between $ 5 and $ 10. A saltwater rinse costs a few cents. Mix table salt with warm water and you have the cheapest mouthwash around.
Or try apple cider vinegar, a common homemade mouthwash before over-the-counter mouthwashes became popular. Use two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one cup of filtered water.
Another solution is right in your medicine cabinet for a fraction of the cost: hydrogen peroxide.
Look closely at the bottle, which says, “oral debriding agent” right on the front. This means it is safe to put in your mouth as an oral wound cleanser. On the back, you’ll find debriding instructions. You basically dilute with water and swish for a minute.
You should use the water and peroxide mixture immediately, and don’t save any leftover solution.
Hana Rashid, a dentist in Roseville, California, said she loves to gargle and swish with peroxide, especially when she has a cold or sore throat.
It helps reduce inflammation in the mouth and keep bleeding from gum disease down between visits, she says. The burning or bubbling sensation means it’s working to calm inflammation.
“It is not an unsafe mouthwash, but care must be taken not to swallow large amounts,” she said.
Peroxide is the main ingredient in tooth-whitening products, so if left too long, Rashid warned, it can temporarily bleach your gums, lasting about 20 to 30 minutes.
Swishing with peroxide will yield similar results as expensive mouthwash, but it won’t taste great.
“I like to use essential oils, like peppermint, cinnamon bark and clove in water,” she said.
Try mixing peroxide with baking soda for your own whitening paste and skip buying whitening strips while you’re at it.
I stopped using shaving cream years ago.
I simply sub in bar soap or hair conditioner.
Most of us have a nearly empty bottle of conditioner occupying precious shower real estate. Use up that sad vessel next time you shave. You’ll wonder why you bought shaving cream all these years.
Conditioner and bar soap aren’t ideal for facial shaves, so try substitutes like shave soap or aloe vera. One $ 3 bar of shave soap can last more than six months.
For aloe vera, apply directly from the plant to your face, or use an affordable gel. It works great as an aftershave, too. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce razor burn and irritation. I have a garden full of the stuff, so it’s a freebie for me. Consider planting some!
It took years before I figured out that I didn’t need to buy cleaning rags. (Don’t be mad at yourself for not realizing this sooner.)
Use old undershirts, leftover fabric and any clothes unfit for donation.
Tear or cut them — careful to remove any buttons — into pieces. They last longer that way, and you’ll have an endless supply to fit your cleaning needs. Toss them in the wash and reuse until they reach retirement age.
As for that orphaned sock, put your hand inside and use it to remove dust. Wash, repeat.
This one is really hard to quit. Paper towels are so integrated into our daily lives that we hardly notice how many we use for tasks such as cleaning up spills, wiping greasy paws or picking up dead bugs.
My usage greatly decreased when I invested $ 12 in a set of 12 cloth napkins. I use one multiple times before washing (unless I’m extra messy) and always have extra for guests.
This one move significantly reduced the volume of paper towels I went through and freed up a little room in my grocery budget.
A coworker said she likes to use cheap fabric from Goodwill and repurposes old tablecloths as napkins instead of buying paper towels.
When it comes to spills or hand drying, use wash cloths and dish towels, or something from that old T-shirt rag pile. You’ll be surprised at how little you need paper towels.
There are makeup removing wipes, creams, pads, cloths and an assortment of accessories to clean your face at the end of the day.
Stocking up on these not only takes up space, but they steal valuable budget dollars from more important items.
Jojoba, olive and coconut oil remove makeup.
These one-ingredient wonders last for months, have a multitude of uses and take up little space. You might even have one of them in your home already. Most oils do the trick, so try something that works best for you.
If oil isn’t an option for you, try aloe vera, alcohol-free witch hazel, shea butter, a cotton ball dipped in milk or a cucumber slice to remove makeup.
I have tried so many bathroom cleaners. None of them quite works right.
Once I tried to strong-arm tub stains by combining all the cleaners I had. That dangerous concoction was a terribly unsafe idea that didn’t work, either.
Did you know that you can use a grapefruit or lemon juice to clean your bathtub?
Get your tub wet. Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle salt on the exposed part. Start scrubbing! Use this technique on sinks and faucets.
Lemon juice with a scrub brush yields a similar result. The acidity of both fruit eats through scum and leaves your bathroom smelling naturally fresh (and not like a chemical bomb).
Dryer sheets are a common laundry additive that you just don’t need. They’re a single-use product far from waste-free, and full of chemicals.
I stopped using them years ago and don’t miss ’em one bit. If you don’t need them, don’t use ’em.
However, if you live in a dry climate or are a static magnet, then try wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
They’re good for thousands of uses, reduce static cling and wrinkles and speed up drying time. Not to mention they’re cheap, nontoxic and chemical-free.
You know what you have in your home and works just like WD-40? Cooking spray.
Yup, I use cooking spray anywhere I would WD-40.
It greases sticky locks and creaky doors and unsticks gum. You can also use Crisco or a homemade concoction of cooking oils if that’s what you have on hand.
Remember when we talked about that nearly empty conditioner bottle earlier? If you don’t want use it to shave, consider repurposing it as a fabric softener.
Try this homemade fabric-softener recipe by mixing two cups of conditioner, three cups of white vinegar, six cups of water and adding any essential oils you like (optional), and voilà; you just saved yourself from buying overpriced fabric softener.
Not all stains are created equal. Removing them is an art form unless you have blue Dawn dish soap. That’s the secret ingredient in most DIY stain removers.
Most DIY recipes have a variation of peroxide, baking soda and water. Maybe you’ll learn a personal favorite (do tell), but try this mom’s “miracle cleaner” that works on carpet, clothes and upholstery to get you started.
How excited are you to try all this home?
Next time you’re at the store, don’t forget to smile when you pass all the items you don’t need to buy anymore.
Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She may have reached granola status. Read her full bio hereor say hi On Twitter @StephBolling.
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TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation, $ 11.49 at Ulta
With an impressive 40-shade range designed to suit a variety of undertones, finding your perfect color is a cinch with CoverGirl’s latest foundation. You’ll also enjoy the flawless full-coverage formula: It has a soft matte finish that feels comfortable and wears well over time.
It’s no secret that Revlon has some of the best drugstore lip products on the market (the Revlon Balm Stain, $ 9.49, has been one of our favorite lipsticks for years). This new formula is sheer yet pigmented, with a lightly glossy finish that’s equal parts comfy and natural. The cushion applicator is also nice to use, providing just the right “kiss” of color — oh, and the light vanilla fragrance is divine.
Fans of L’Oreal’s popular Lash Paradise mascara are sure to make a new friend with this liquid liner from the line. It features a felt-tip brush that’s just the right amount of flexibility and a formula with just the right amount of glide, which means application’s a total breeze (even for liquid liner beginners).
This matte-yet-breathable foundation blurs pores like a champ while blending seamlessly into skin. It wears well throughout the day, staying pretty locked in place and helping to keep shine at bay. It’s the kind of natural, perfecting finish that’ll have your friends asking you if you got a facial over the weekend.
Almay’s newest lippies have the cutest packaging — and the formula is great as well: lightweight, comfortable and long-wearing. Plus, it comes in three different finishes, including creams, mattes and even sparkly top coats (one in iridescent blue and one in glittery gold).
Love a balmy, natural glow when it comes to your highlighter? This new highlighting stick from Catrice might just be your new fave. It swipes on like a dream, leaving behind a gorgeous, lit-from-within dewiness.
Here’s a high-shine, creamy lippie that won’t break the bank. The combination of color payoff and glossiness makes it a winner — plus, it’s hydrating, so it conditions your lips as you wear it.
Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush, $ 12.99 at Ulta
May we interest you in a peach-scented blush? The peachy shade range is super flattering, with just enough shimmer to add a glow without looking glittery. And the peach scent disperses nicely as you dust it on (aka it doesn’t linger and get annoying).
We can’t get enough of the holographic lip gloss trend and this gorgeous iridescent glaze is perfect for pulling off the look. They’re buttery smooth, shiny and the sparkly iridescence looks equally gorgeous worn alone or as an eye-catching top coat.
This mascara formula coats lashes evenly without clumping and delivers lifted, defined lashes that are fluttery (but not too over-the-top). The hourglass-shaped brush is great for getting every single lash and we’re also suckers for the fun, purple tube.
Seeking a dupe for the latest Becca shades? Sleek has you covered with this copper-themed highlighting palette. The metallic shades are about as high-drama as they come, with a finely-milled texture and a metallic sheen that’s in-your-face without ever looking chunky.
This isn’t technically available in the drugstore aisle but at $ 12, there’s no denying the fact that it’s a steal (Innisfree is a great, moderately priced K-beauty brand, in case you’re curious). And with its featherweight texture, glossy finish and gorgeous pop of color, it’s definitely the crème de la crème of lip lacquers.
Modern Metals 10-Piece Eyeshadow Palette, $ 12 at E.L.F.
Seeking buttery textures and major color payoff? Turns out, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks. This shadow palette is home to a mix of luxe metallics and jewel tones with an even more luxe formula.
Demi-matte is the perfect way to describe the finish on this lipstick: It has the drama and polish of a matte but with the volume turned down just a tad. The color payoff is excellent and it wears well, staying vibrant and even.
Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, $ 12.99 at Ulta
It can be really tough to find an undereye concealer that doesn’t settle into fine lines — at any price point. Which is why we were so stoked to find this option: It’s fairly sheer for a concealer, but it’s buildable and doesn’t cake or crease, which makes it ideal for the undereye area. It’s also supremely breathable and brightens like a charm.
There’s a certain joy to be found wandering up and down the beauty aisles at your local drugstore. It’s a haven where everything is shiny and colorful — and most importantly, affordable. You can scoop up lipsticks that cost roughly the price of a latte, high-performing foundations that are priced comparably to your sandwich order at Subway — and the list goes on.
The only drawback? Well, there’s so much turnover and new launches that it can be tough to keep up with all the top products. And that’s where we’ve got your back: We’ve tested a sampling of the newest and best drugstore makeup launches and picked a few favorites — and they’re all under $ 15. Keep reading to see the products we liked the most!
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So here’s a fun question for today: how do you find new beauty products and decide which to buy? If you’re looking for a new mascara, for example, do you wade through tons of online reviews? Ask your makeup-wearing friends about their favorites? Pick up a mascara while you’re at the drugstore because you’ve heard good things about it? While we’ve previously talked about overrated beauty products, beauty empties (the products you finish and then buy again), and the best beauty store tips and tricks, we haven’t specifically talked about this before.
Here are some online resources to help you when you’re trying to find new beauty products:
Reviews on Ulta or Sephora: The most popular products on these sites have hundreds or even thousands of reviews, while others have zero. Customers occasionally include images, but I usually don’t find them helpful because people are often wearing multiple products and I can’t see the particular effect of the one I’m interested in. They also seem to frequently use filters or otherwise edit their images, which doesn’t help either. The two companies’ reviews offer various “extras”; Sephora tells you the number of “Loves” for each item and gives the option to highlight reviews from your “Beauty Matches” (those who share your eye color, hair color, skin tone, and skin type), while Ulta shows the most commonly stated pros and cons (e.g., “blends easily” or “creases”), ranks the best uses (everyday, work, etc.), and categorizes the styles of the reviewers themselves (trendy, natural, or classic).
Amazon reviews: I hesitate to buy beauty items at Amazon now because of the reports of counterfeit products (although it definitely isn’t the only site facing this issue) as well as the number of fake reviews, which seems to be growing. To determine the authenticity of reviews for a certain product, try Fakespot, which we recently recommended. (One of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, recently did an episode to answer “Why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?”) Still, it often has the highest number of reviews — on everything from high-end to drugstore — so I check it even when I’m planning to buy from another site.
MakeupAlley: In “internet time,” MakeupAlley, which offers product reviews and discussion boards has been around for quite a while — since 1999. It currently claims to have 2,742,851 reviews of 170,436 products. I have rarely used the site myself, but a few years ago, Racked (R.I.P.) did a piece on the site, which it called “the most secretive community of beauty obsessives.”
Reviews on a brand’s website: I don’t know if my instincts are correct here — let me know your thoughts — but I tend to give less weight to reviews I read on a beauty brand’s own site than the ones at general beauty retailers like Sephora. I do this because specific-brand reviewers are an even more self-selected group than those who use sites like Sephora (or especially Amazon). I may be overanalyzing here — but unfortunately there’s no Fakespot tool for, say, Clinique.com.
YouTube video reviews/tutorials: You probably know that there are many, many beauty videos on YouTube, including reviews, tutorials, and hauls. (If you are better about limiting your internet time than I am, you may not know that “Beauty YouTube” is a thriving subculture that even has its own scandals. Again, see Reply All.) Watching YouTube videos is a great way to see the products that you’re considering in action — depending on the lighting quality and the YouTuber’s camera skills, knowledge/technique, and ability to get to the point. I recommend checking out videos by British makeup artist Wayne Goss, for one. Readers, do tell: Which beauty YouTubers do you watch?
(Kat’s quick add: I find new beauty products by subscribing to different subscription services (here’s my review of Play! by Sephora vs Ipsy vs. Birchbox) and if I’ve been drawn to a new lipstick, eyeliner or lipstick for some various reason (read about it somewhere, liked the packaging or online copy, or saw a good sale) I love Googling “product name + swatches” and reviewing all the different swatches. There is something very zen about swatches!)
How do you decide which new beauty products to buy? Which of the above resources have you used? Which sites’ online reviews do you trust? (Or do you skip reviews entirely?) Do you prefer to try before you buy, either with free samples or in-store testers? Which beauty purchases have you later regretted, whether they were impulse buys or researched?
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