Jul 31, 2016

Live & Dine: HTX

Houston Magazine and Houston Modern Luxury Interiors hosted a fun event with Somerset Green and Houston's top restaurants. To Live & Dine was a event to basically eat around the world right here with restaurants that Houston has to offer.


Proceeds from this fun event went to Dec my Room! Its great seeing them benefit a lot this year from different events in the area. 
Participating restaurants included: Añejo | B&B Butchers and Restaurant | Bonjour Crêperie | Brennan’s of Houston | Harold’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace | Helen Greek Food and Wine | King’s BierHaus | Local Pour | Midtown BBQ | Ouisie’s Table | Peska Seafood Culture | Quattro at Four Seasons | Skinny Rita’s Cantina | Songkran Thai Kitchen | and Tacodeli

I can't to wait to try out some of them after sampling what they had in their booths!
LOVE, MARA

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Jul 28, 2016

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON WRAP UP

Comic Con has been its own whirlwind every year, next year we are looking into doing more of the offsites and then tour LA more. Its been fun but its been impossible to top our first time there. We wile keep an eye out for major movies to see what will be worth the struggle next year. We will definitely come back, but not devote as much time to just the con. 



Kyle Vlogged our whole trip! I will link them once he publishes them all. I am bad at vlogging but I make appearances in all of these from the con.

 One thing I forgot to mention that I am obsessed with is Funko pop vinyls. The bait booth was the perfect pickup spot for us and I am treasuring the three below. We have an extra Kobe Pop Vinyl, bidding starts at $35:
POP loot, the one on the far left is a BAIT Custom by Rudy Ramirez AND its signed! Super awesome pickup. Kobe was a given, and the Astroboy is an Asian convention exclusive. 
All in all it was a great experience. I can't wait for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead to come back. Suicide Squad is going to be amazing. I'm sad I didn't go to the premier of Star Trek Beyond! One amazing spoiler was that on the next (and last) season of Bates Motel Rihanna will be playing Marion Crane. Marion is the lady that dies in the infamous shower scene in Psycho! That will be amazing. The cast premier of Black Panther was also an amazing Comic-con exclusive.
So much great movie and TV news!
The only thing that sucks is we have  no clue what AHS is theming this year.

Oh Comic -Con, see you in 2017!
LOVE, MARA
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Jul 27, 2016

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON: DAY 3

Day three was Saturday and again without actual badges but the offsites at Comic Con never disappoint. We headed out to Nerd HQ because they always offer some great photo booths and this year Xbox/Microsoft sponsored all of their gameplay lounges. In a partnership with Johnson & Johnson we took the above photo and it donated $1 to operation smile! There is also an app that you can donate a photo everyday to any participating cause. In theory, if you donate a photo everyday for a year, thats $365 you've donated!
Gears of War 4 isn't out yet but you could play it at nerdHQ. It was gamer competition style but looked like fun. I am not good at video games so I just sat back and watched.
Lots of photobooth fun was had.
After a short lunch break we headed back to Gaslamp for the highly talked about Mr.Robot offsite.
The offsite for Mr. Robot had a replica of Elliott's apartment and the Mr.Robot shop from the series. Inside Elliott's room we got to watch a 12minute VR piece of one of Elliot's memories with his ex girlfriend Shayla. It was really trippy, if you have had a virtual reality headset on before, coupling that with surround sound headphones is enough to make you feel like you are truly in a virtual reality.
At the end of the tour we even got a Mr.Robot Tshirt as well as an F Society mask.
Halloween costume? CHECK!
We ended the day at our favorite SD skate shop.
Every year I purchase a shirt from Bait and this year was no exception. To my surprise when trying to make a selection THE KINJAZ We're there! You might remember them from ABDC or just the fact that they are AMAZING Dancers. Below is a quick video of the Kinjaz and the shop. I love their aesthetic so much.
Couldn't leave with out a pic with Anthony Lee. I purchased the Fire element Tee and Kyle got a dad hat. I also bought some very exclusive pop vinyls that will be shared tomorrow! 

LOVE, MARA


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Jul 26, 2016

SAN DIEGO DAY TWO: The Southwest Airlines Backstory.


Friday we didn't have convention passes so we decided to roam the City a bit. Downtown is one area we wanted to discover more of. There is a mall that is about 4 or 5 stories that we always visit and next to our hotel was the "Fashion Valley Mall." Fashion valley was like an outdoor version of the Houston Galleria with stores like Louis Vuitton, Scotch and Soda, Hermes, and Tesla. Both were fun to walk.

We walked Fashion Valley the first time because the worst shutdown in Southwest airlines history occured and we were effected in such a crazy way. Southwest is traditionally my favorite airline, I never have issues, they never lose my stuff, they're always prompt and nice... Ya'll that changed literally over the course of 15 hours.

Our flight to SD was scheduled in two legs, HTX to Oakland, Oakland to SD. We got to the airport at 5:00am to ensure we didn't miss our flight... because that happened last year. Sitting in the lobby it came time to board... The flight was boarding supposed to begin at 6:10, but at 6:10 we were notified the flight would instead be DELAYED until 12pm.
BITCH WHAT?!

We had already been there since 5am, waiting until 12 would not be cool, we were landing early to relax before the Wrath of Con. The Wrath of Con had other plans. Obviously with this delay we wouldn't make the connecting flight so we were told to sit tight until they put together new flights. THEIR SOLUTION WAS PUTTING KYLE AND I ON DIFFERENT FLIGHTS! He was put on a direct flight there at 10am (last seat on the plane) and I was told I could be standby but my flight assignment would be at 5pm, arriving in SD after a layover AT 10PM. For my trouble I was issued a $200 voucher and Kyle got $100.
I WISH THIS STORY ENDED HERE... But it doesn't.
I went to grab food since eating in Oakland wasn't a thing anymore and walking back, chicken nugget in mouth I heard my name over the loud speaker. I went to the desk and they told me I was on standby and needed to board immediately. I grabbed my stuff and said "bye" to Kyle super quick... boarded the plane on literally the last seat next to a sweet older couple and said... "Excuse me... do you know where this flight is going?"  The lady said Las Vegas and I panicked. I quickly asked a flight attendant if she knew my itinerary because I was not given a boarding pass and she was prompt in telling me that I was flying to Vegas and would land at 10am, at 11:20am I would connect to SD.
I slept most of the flight and upon landing I found my gate and saw my flight was DELAYED until 12:20. I texted Kyle because at this point he was mid-air on the way to SD on his assigned flight and I wanted him to know where I was.
SO I WAITED.
At 12:20 I was informed that the flight status was unknown and they would let us know further information when it was available.
AND THEN IT HAPPENED. The Southwest terminal in Vegas was getting more and more crowded and people trying to board flights before mine were being told they needed to be manually boarded-- meaning writing down the names of everyone boarding. We were told all systems were down. 
Shortly after they told us all ground transportation was at a halt, across the country no Southwest flight was allowed to leave until further notice. GIRL LEMME TELL YOU I ran to that counter so fast and asked to get my money back so I can fly spirit. I said I was not here for her delay and asked how long it would take. She said anywhere from 2-6 hours. I was livid. She couldn't help me because her screen was blank. The website didn't work, you couldn't book flights, check in, anything.
After being grounded for about 3 more hours they slowly lifted the ban. Then an announcement was made. "Excuse me Gate 22 is now boarding for San Diego you might want to head to that gate to see if you can get on." I popped up like a AED was applied to my chest and ran like a running back to gate 22. To my surprise, not only was it boarding to San Diego, but the flight I was waiting for the whole time was no longer listed. It was cancelled with no notification. I was already in line and maybe number 5 so I didn't panic too much. Ya girl was getting on this flight. I periscoped the whole thing because at this point the ground stop was national news and I swear I'm a reporter. They let me walk on with my hand written boarding pass and I was on my way.

Ya'll, THIS ISN'T EVEN WHERE IT ENDS.

I land in SD and not to my surprise... my luggage did not make it. The lines were so long and it looked like a madhouse, it was almost 6pm and upon landing I saw Southwest cancelled almost 200 flights. I went to baggage claim to find my luggage and they said the status was unknown. The system was up but some functionality was not 100%, including tracking my baggage. I shuttled to my hotel, met up with Kyle, who also didn't have his bags... and we made out way to Fashion Valley Mall to buy all the stuff we needed for that night and the next day. I had all my outfits planned, purchased last minute toiletries, and it wasn't there.

MY BAGS WERE LOST.

Thank GOD for Zara, I found the perfect shirt and we ubered to target to get last minute toiletries. We said we are on vacation. This is not a big deal, Comic Con day one is tomorrow it's gonna be fine.

Comic Con day 1 came, Kyle's bag came at 10am. My bag email said my bag came at 11, all I wanted to do was change so I rushed to the hotel but guess what? MY BAG WASN'T THERE. After holding it in that whole day and a half, I finally cried. Kyle had already changed into something comfy and I was just there burning up and wanting the fun things I already bought for the day. Walking around in sandals hurt I just wanted my Adidas NMDs.
Major shoutout to Jill the concierge at Town and Country. She called Southwest and sent me to my room, and 45 minutes later she notified me the driver still had my back and just dropped it off to her.

PRAYER HAND EMOJIS.

I could change. I could put on comfy shoes. I could have all my toiletries. It was amazing.
Southwest gave us bother extra vouchers because this drama was extra and I was super pissed.

But yes, day two we didn't have convention badges so we literally walked the malls, then went to the room and took a day to relax!

We needed it. Just being disconnected was needed.
That night we walked Gaslamp. It was a chill day. Much needed after our Southwest experience and pushing through day one of the con.
LOVE, MARA

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Jul 25, 2016

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON : DAY 1


Another year, another Comic Con. This might be the third year we have gone, but the experience is always very different. I'll get into how much of struggle it was to get to San Diego in another post. You might have seen the crazy news reports on how ALL flights were grounded and the system comlpletely was offline, omg it was not the start that I wanted. BUT, it ended up rolling.
"HOW U GON BE MAD ON VACATION? "- Kanye
The Walking Dead: Negan's eenie meenie set. It looked so real and the trailer they premiered showed the bloody Lucille but didn't get us any closer to knowing who got their brains bashed in by Negan. If you read the comic you know it was Glenn that met his fate, I am thinking they will keep it the same, but who knows! TWD is a twisty show.
Thursday was the start of the wrath of con. After walking the entire floor day one totaled to 12.48 total miles! We hit up some of our favorite spots: Bait (where we purchased a few Exclusives), Figurats, MTV, FX, Nickelodeon, Cartoon network, AMC (walking dead), Bandai, Tokidoki... ok seriously thats just to name a few. The ground floor is huge. 

One major trend this year was nostalgia.  My childhood was the center of attention and I couldn't take it! Nickelodeon had a "Nickbox" (similar to a lootcrate) but it included a CYNTHIA DOLL! You guys, CYNTHIA?! I died, it sold out of course so I was not able to become an owner of one.  Other features were Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold, Rugrats and Double Dare. Powerpuff girls also had a huge presence! It was so cute seeing their inflatables in the convention and out in the park.

Mission one besides the convention was making sure I got my hands on anything from the Star Trek Mac collection. Mac had a huge set across from Nerd HQ. Besides having a whole collection the set was interative and had the transporter. There was a fiasco with Southwest that I mentioned, at this point I went to MAC on my own while Kyle picked up the luggage the airport lost, so no photo of us in this transporter :( it was amazing though. I'll share Mac swatches this week as well. I DIED when I got my hands on the collection. 
After walking the floor we headed to the MTV Fandom awards. Every year at the con we haven't been but this year we made it a point to try something new and boy did it pay off! It was a great place to see celebs up close as well as have fun with a few concerts during the award show. It aired on Sunday and they cut out so much, it was cool to see what goes into making an awards show.
It was outdoors but once the sun went down I needed a cardigan. All week San Diego had NO clouds so we are currently 6 shades darker. 

Dave Franco and Emma Roberts presenting at the MTV Fandom Awards. Nerve comes out this week and I definitely need to go see it!

Day one was crazy packed full of fun! Stay tuned for our other adventures this week.
LOVE, MARA

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Jul 19, 2016

SUGAR AND CLOTH COLOR WALL HOUSTON: Smile Brilliant Giveaway Announcement


Photo by Jerren Willis
One of the best photoshoot walls in Houston hasn't even been around for too long. The Sugar and cloth wall was erected on canal street and is the best place to take photos. A wall sectioned out in bright colors for any theme you happen to have? Why haven't I made it out sooner? I paired a Zara skirt I found during a SUPER SALE for $10. What a deal. The top is thrifted from one of my favorite South Houston thrift stores and its true vintage and shoes are Steve Madden.
All photos are by Houston Photographer Jerren Willis.
You can contact him here: http://jwilphotos.com/services/
He was super easy to work with and has a lot of experience is tons of different genre of photography in Houston!
SO many adventures with this one and San Diego Comic Con for year 3 is happening. Follow us on Instagram/snapchat/ twitter to see what we are up too. Sorry not sorry for all the picspam that will occur. 

MARA's INSTAGRAM @Malibumara 
MARA's TWITTER @Malibumara
MARA's SNAPCHAT @Malibumara 


KYLEs INSTAGRAM @Kyle.jpeg
KYLEs TWITTER @khdot27
KYLEs SNAPCHAT @k.dot

AND A BONUS
I have been whitening my teeth with this awesome kit from smile brilliant. I am giving one away and its an easy giveaway that you can enter here:
http://www.smilebrilliant.com/contest#ig60017
The kit has been fun to use and I will be posting it later this week!
LOVE, MARA
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Jul 18, 2016

MANICURE MONDAY: CHROME NAILS x FAIRY DUST

The latest trend in nail art is all about that shine. Chrome and Glitters are everything and summer has been incomplete without them. Both are a powder application and transform any color. I started with a pink base coat and I suddenly feel bad because I forgot the name of it. The chrome in person comes off as a rose gold. The fairy dust is sooooo glittery it's unreal in person.
Fairy Dust from Dripped Nails in HTX
Chrome Nails from Dripped Nails in HTX
What new nail trend are you trying this year?
LOVE, MARA


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Jul 16, 2016

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SURVIVAL GUIDE: 5 Tips to prepare for SDCC

Okay you guys, the con is literally right here! I feel so unprepared but since it's my third time going we have a little bit of a system going. I just wanted to share 5 quick tips that helped us along the way because it is sensory overload! Kyle and I love our movies and TV shows. I think many people think of comic con and only think of anime and comic books and total nerds. There are plenty of those there but for people who love TV and Movies, you are in for the biggest treat ever! The panels are always full of the biggest movie stars and most popular TV shows! It's a chance to get exclusives on everything to merch, movie and tv show trailers, and sometimes sneak peeks of new seasons of popular shows, or anticipated movies!
So are you headed to Comic Con? Check out these 5 tips to help you prepare for the Wrath of Con!
Temperature next week should be a low of 65 and a high of 78. This is heaven. Houston is at about 100 degrees every.damn.day. I CAN'T WAIT. 
1. If you are from out of town, make a folder with all of the things you need for your trip! Print your flight information, hotel information, badges, and any other important documents you may need for your stay. We book every year though On Peak (used to be Travel Planners). I am paranoid so I print my documents with my deposit paid so that I can back up the fact I have a reservation in place if needed! Bad things haven't happened so far but it is the worst time to try to find a hotel last minute so its better to be safe than sorry! This year we were kind of screwed when it came to a hotel, we got literally the last choice and it only has 3 stars. The resort claims to be renovating but lawdddd.  The reviews scare me. Remember that shuttles run to the convention and your hotels every 30 minutes! So you basically always have free ride but depending where your hotel is, it might be a long wait just because of all of the stops. I usually stay further out (like 10 miles) just because hotels super close are at least $200 more a night, and over the course of 5 days, that shit adds up. Staying further out can mean an hour on the shuttle just because of all the stops you make.

2. Find a comfy pair of sneakers to wear, or if your like my BF 4 so you have one for every day. We walk at least 10 miles a day during the con, so be prepared.

3. With that being said, bring a backpack with you! All the freebies, handouts, merch, random crap you buy adds up! This year I invested in a Superdry bag and the straps are super comfy, plus its really stylish. I also like to keep a small re-useable canvas tote inside the backpack to carry any thing extra if needed, plus its easier access reach into a tote bag.
COMIC CON ESSENTIALS


4. When you arrive to San Diego you need to be sure to make one stop. GO TO RALPH'S! Ralph's is basically Kroger. Stock up on water and snacks because convention prices be trippin.  With all of the outdoor fun and walking you do, you will thank yourself. Plus with the money you save you can buy that random thing you want from the con.

5. Get a Game Plan together. Besides what goes on inside the convention, there are a ton of things to do outside the convention center! Make a check list by day and time of some of the things you want to do while you are there. It helps to include details like where the event is and what time that way you have some options incase you try to check out an event and they are already at capacity. The more on your list the better.

See you there! I'll try to blog , but most of my updates will come from my Instagram-  @malibumara and Twitter - @Malibumara
LOVE, MARA

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Jul 15, 2016

PokeXFashion: Pokemon go and AR

Augmented reality is something more and more companies are trying to play around with. With my childhood favorite decided to re-release pokemon I wasn't sure what to expect but for the past week or so I have been playing Pokemon go with the rest of the world and I must say... If this doesn't scream 90's are back I don't know what does. I was like 10 when this came out the first time around and so in this edition seeing the OG 1st edition characters is a sea of memories. I ever actively played the card game. I just collected the cards because most of them were so cute and had the gameboy games.  Total nerd for life. I was doomed.
So I came across a tumblr that explains my life interests, strangely they haven't changed much since I was 10. The man behind PokeXFashion is creatively awesome inserting classic Pokemon into fashion advertisements much to the amusement of fashion lovers who have been playing Pokemon GO in AR.

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Jul 13, 2016

CAMH MARK FLOOD: GREATEST HITS

This exhibit is a take on the perverse ethics in the world. Some people might be offended by the above phrase but the same thing is said at the end of of pharmaceutical ads. I personally love the wall of Lindsay Lohan magazine images because she was spiraling out of control at the time. She was on top of the world but at her low. Its so sad but thats what the media loved. 
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Jul 10, 2016

MUSIC MONDAY: SUMMER PLAYLIST + FLOW

Last week I ventured to the Museum District and checked out a ton of new art installations that I have been dying to see. I also said I would slowly share a few! This one is called "FLOW." The whole space is filled with one ton of recycled paper folded into there amorphous shapes. Its kind of a live exhibit because overtime it is slowly settling. I think it's pretty interesting.
Also, Below is a short playlist to get your Monday started! Hope you enjoy this chill vibe. I'm trying to channel some tranquility this week. Can you believe Comic Con is next week? I know I can't.

 (side note why does she look like a blonde Kendall Jenner?)

Good Vibes this week. Go with the Flow. 
LOVE, MARA
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Jul 9, 2016

UNWINDING WITH PIQUE TEA

I am a known tea freak. I started drinking tea when I started working in corporate after college. I don't like coffee so green or black tea became my morning pick me up. I never feel heart burn or sick after brewing a glass and it has been a better alternative in my opinion. So the process is simple and has always been the same, get hot water, add tea bag, steep however long, throw away tea bag and enjoy.
There are times I get pulled into a meeting or convo and my tea steeps too long making it bitter. Pique tea kind of revolutionizes that.
Pique tea is tea made of crystals. Coming in 5 flavors the consistency is like matcha they mix quickly and are perfect for a girl on the go. Forget about that annoying bag to throw away later, or leaving it in too long.
The tea freak in my is so excited by how simple this is. Tea has many benefits and this tea is picked from the top 5% of tea leaves of the world. This ensures that it is picked at peak freshness and antioxidant level.  My favorite so far is the Jasmine. Be sure to follow me on snapchat (@malibumara) for more about these!
LOVE, MARA
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Jul 8, 2016

KUSAMA: AT END OF THE UNIVERSE

In groups of no more than 3 people, $18, and a set time; you are able to stand at what in this day feels and looks like the end of the universe. This amazing exhibit debut in Houston at the Museum of Fine Art by the amazing artist Yayoi. If you live in LA, The Broad had the "Infinity Room" which was very similar and yes, by the same artist. The End of the Universe consists of 2 interactive installations. Pictured below, the beautiful infinity room is called "Aftermath, the obliteration of Eternity." This intimate space is illuminated by golden lights that ignite and then fade to darkness. It is absolutely beautiful. It is a mirrored area so it gives the illusion of an infinite horizon.
The sister exhibit is called "Love is Calling." It is another interactive space with glowing tentacle like forms shooting from the floor and ceiling. They feature the artists signature polkadots and they constantly change colors. There is a recording of the artists voice as she recites a poem in Japanese. If you get a chance read up on Yayoi Kusama. The artist behind these installations is 87! She is so fabulous and has even had a collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

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Jul 6, 2016

PHOTOLOG: PHOTOBOMBING

How is every one getting back into the swing of things? This week has been pretty productive so far and the work life balance has been on point! I have been crossing a few things off my bucket list, with more to come. 
For the 4th we were able to see some shows from the balcony as well as play with a few sparklers and smoke bombs. Our color ones were lame but this one was plain gray and looked ok for these couple shots. 
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Jul 5, 2016

COUNTDOWN TO COMIC CON : Star Trek Mac Cosmetics

How is it already July 5th, 15 days until San Diego Comic Con? I am looking forward to a lot but one thing I hope to get my hands on is something, really anything from the Star Trek Mac collection. This 25 piece collection is releasing early at San Diego Comic Con! It will be available everywhere else later in the year... BUT YOU KNOW HOW I AM. I LOVE Star Trek so I need it now.
The collection is inspired by some of the power females from Star Trek which I will spare you the knowledge I have on them.
As we get closer more and more off site events keep dropping and hinting at details. 
-It looks like the Hello Kitty Cafe will be back at Petco Park! 
-Suicide squad will have a huge offsite PLUS they are rumored to be on Conan day 3. The offsite is 6000 sq feet of the Hard Rock hotel, you can get a VR experience with some of the squad members, AND get a tattoo at Harley Quinn's tattoo parlor.
-CCI Announced a nintendo lounge, in past years I have mentioned the XBOX lounge where you can hang out and play games all day. There are photo ops and giveaways as well.
I am getting so anxious I need to devote all weekend into putting together a  lot of the behind the scenes stuff for the con. I mean, at least most of my outfits are selected? For the milionth time, my most popular question is do I dress up? No. Thats not my thing. I wear shirts for movies or TV shows, or just cool brands I support. I enjoy watching peoples cosplay but thats just not my thing. I am literally a TV addict. 
I am holding out for Donald Glover's new show Atlanta on FX Can they get some con love? 

LOVE, MARA

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Jul 4, 2016

ESSENCE BEAUTY BOX JUNE REVIEW

HAPPY 4th of July! July always means Essence Fest and the rise of summer beauty. Since I'm not at Essence I can just pretend. The sun makes my skin tone like 3 shades darker so I have to change my makeup, the weather is crazy hot so the game plan changes in terms of hair and makeup, and the colors for products are so much brighter and more fun in the spring/summer. Its a great time to play around with new products.

Essence was sweet enough to send me 2 Essence boxes for June and I wanted to share what was inside with you guys. OMG can I share that I also got the May box but it was stolen from my front door! So glad this one arrived safe. I was so upset.
The Essence Beauty Box is a box that is geared towards, but is not exclusive to, women of color. Products in most mass boxes are not geared towards a darker skin tones or textured hair. This box helps solve that problem. Its always annoying stepping into a store and not seeing your shade or a lip color that won't wash you out. The curation of this box is great!  Aside from featuring products for people of color, Essence features a black owned business each month.
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