Benefits of CBD in Beauty Products 

Who would have thought we would be living in a time when CBD is an active ingredient in the usage of beauty products? Perhaps we can consider this a Not So Stoned Age. Now you can celebrate 4/20 without actually getting high. Hemp to the CBD!!

Cannabidiol or cannabinoids was first discovered in 1940. A chemical of over 80 compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as cannabis or hemp. Not including THC, which are strains contained to get high. It is predicted that the American CBD market could reach $16 billion by 2025. 

It is commonly used for epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, arthritis, a muscle disorder called dystonia, Parkinson disease, Crohn disease, and many other conditions. Although there is no scientific evidence to support its benefit, it has been known to help those suffering from medical conditions and even help kick an addiction. 

CBD was illegal until 2018 when it became legal to sell hemp and hemp products in the US. It doesn’t mean that all CBD products made from hemp are legal. Because CBD usage is allowed with prescription only, it is not legal to sell in foods or dietary supplements, even though there are still CBD products labeled as dietary supplements. Keep in mind that the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. Most of the time, these products can be mislabeled and not contain the actual amount of CBD in the products as stated. CBD can only be legally sold as an active ingredient for cosmetic products containing less than 0.3% THC, whether in the form of a topical CBD-infused oil, lotion, or cream – or even as a bath soak. CBD in cosmetic products is primarily made to help reduce inflammation and relieve muscle and joint pain. Studies show it can help treat dry skin, psoriasis, eczema…. and even acne!

According to Hemp Business Journal, the market for CBD products has been outstanding, reaching about $190 million in 2017, and will grow to $646 million by 2022. The beauty industry began with limited CBD brand products for skin and has expanded to lips and hair. The best part is that most CBD beauty products available are vegan, cruelty-free with all-natural, and organic ingredients.

I occasionally suffer from minor muscle inflammation and hate having to depend on pain-reliever OTC meds, so I began applying lotion that will help ease the pain and discomfort. I tried Sagely Naturals — Relief & Recovery CBD Cream, packed with 250mg of CBD per bottle. Although I haven’t experienced perfect results, it has helped soothe the pain. 

Here is another one of my favorite CBD products, this is only sold in Sephora.

The Cannuka collection is 50% off in Ulta.

Kristin Ess Epic Beauty

I have always wanted to try this brand ever since I first saw it sold in Target. The packaging looks like professional hair styling products, but the best part of the hair care collection is they’re affordable, especially now during CVS’s Epic Beauty sale while supplies last. It’s definitely not compared to Target’s outstanding prices tho.

I purchased the Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub – 6.7 fl oz used for removing build-up + flakes, scalp soothing, hydrating + rebalancing, gently exfoliating, and non-drying. Contains Zip-Up Technology (™️), used for proprietary strengthening complex designed to “zip-up” split ends while targeting weak areas of the hair. It’s cruelty-free, color-safe, vegan, free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and silicones. For only $11.27.

The Real Inventor of the Hair Straightener

As Black History Month reaches its end, let’s honor those Black historical figures who created inventions to make daily routines easier today. Now Women’s History Month is approaching, but Black historical women aren’t given enough credit for the inventions they’ve created.

It is known that Sarah Breedlove Walker, also known as Madame C.J Walker, was the first African-American female self-made millionaire in America. She created a substantial cosmetic industry by developing a hair care line to help hair straightening using hot combs—the type of combs inspired by old-fashioned curling irons. However, that was not the primary reason for creating a haircare line. She relocated to Indianapolis and built a factory for her Walker Manufacturing Company.

Hair straightening tools have made quite an improvement throughout the years. It is debated who the actual inventor of a hair straightener is, and this discovery is often credited to a man, forgetting the actual inventor was a woman. What’s the story behind the invention of hair straighteners??

Let’s dig in.

Marcel Grateau, a Parisian salon owner, is often mainly credited for the invention of the hair straightener in 1872. Grateau used heated iron rods to straighten or style hair. However, the tool was designed to be used with hairstyling creams to straighten hair. The heated rods would often cause damage to hair follicles due to heat, leading to burning hair and scalp.

The second person credited was actually a woman named Erica Feldman, who created heat rods in 1872 by taking heated irons and applying them to the head to shape hair- but in this case, the heat rods were a curling iron.

The third was Isaac K. Shero, who introduced metal plates in 1909, designed to glide smoothly over the hair, minimizing any hair damage, which apparently was two clothing irons pressed together.

The last credited is Scottish heiress Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield, who developed the first hair straightener in 1912 because she wanted to try something different during a time when big curls were in fashion.

The woman who invented the straight iron was a school teacher from Indianapolis, a woman forgotten by history. A woman named Ada Harris, looking to lose her curls. The first patent for a hair straightening iron was filed on November 3rd, 1893. 

Be it known that I, ADA HARRIS, of Indianapolis, county of Marion, and State of Indiana, have invented a certain new and useful Hair- Straightener.

Patent by Ada Harris.

The device was described to be “heated like a curling iron” as two flat faces held together by a hinge “when they press the hair will make it straight.” It also included a toothed comb to separate the hair while straightening.

Her patent submission in a black and white drawing is of the straightener that resembled kitchen tongs. It had two handles that hinge in the center to make it easier to clamp the irons together with the need to have it heated over a fire or on a stove since there was no plug for the iron.

In her patent, she wrote, “My invention relates to a hair straightener whose purpose is to straighten curly hair, and is especially of service to; colored people in straightening their hair.”

Unfortunately, Harris never built an empire with her invention attempting to find investors or a company to purchase her patent. She never did anything with her patent for the hair straightener, perhaps because she didn’t have the finances to help develop her invention. But she should be recognized for the effort made to create this tool.

What would I do without a hair straightener on days when I want to flatten my waves. While I’ve tried several hair straighteners in the past, and so far, I have to say I’ve been satisfied with my Chi G2 Ceramic & Titanium 1.25 Hairstyling Iron. Like me, you’ve probably wondered how hair straighteners were invented as you style your hair—questioning the analytics of how such a small device can flatten your hair from wavy to straight. The prominent ceramic plates are the secret for easier styling, of course. These simple tools are so easy to use that they also come in mini-sized for traveling convenience.

Straighteners range from $10-$500
mini flat irons

CVS 75% off gifts clearance!

CVS® store is clearing their holiday shelves with a 75% discount.

original price $19.99 on sale for $4.12
original price $49.99 on sale for $10.31

You can get an additional $10 off your purchase when you enroll to CVS® CarePass membership, free month for first time subscribers, after $5 month or $48 a year plus tax. ExtraCare members receive 2% back in ExtraBucks Rewards on qualifying purchases from CVS®. 

Ring in the New Year with these products

Walmart has some deals that are hard to miss on.

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask, 1.7 Fl Oz

$44.00 $56.00

Ahava Extreme Radiance Lifting Mask, 2.5 Oz

$20.98 $45.00

Ahava Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub, 7.5 Oz

$16.00 $26.00

No Mo-Stache Smooth Body Wax Kit Bundle

$10.43 $36.00

No Mo-Stache 4 Piece Hair Removal Gift Set

$11.75 $38.00

Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment 0.5 oz

$43.98 $68.00

The Right To Shower Body Wash Joy, 16 oz

$8.99 $21.54

The Right To Shower Dignity Body Wash Charcoal and Cotton Blossom, 16 oz

$5.69 $35.74

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel Dual-Phase Facial Cleanser, 2 Piece

$53.99 $72.00

The Right To Shower Hope Shampoo Bar & Bar Soap Aloe and Dewy Moss, 7 oz

$2.78 $19.89

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, 16 fl oz

$33.99 $42.00

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker 2oz 60ml

$35.98 $66.85

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Eye Multi-Rejuvenating Eye Cream, 0.5 Oz

$51.00 $70.00

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast Styling Hairspray, 7.5 oz

$14.98 $29.00

Black Friday 2021

Black Friday may have come too early this year before Thanksgiving, but some deals are still happening on Black Friday. It’s been two years since the pandemic, and last year was more of a struggle as the beginning of the virus leaving many people jobless, and this year, inflation with the increased price

Black Friday is the time for consumers to do some early Christmas shopping- at a bargain. The Friday after Thanksgiving this year will be on the 26th. Some retailers have started deals as early as the beginning of the month, usually lasting until the 29th. However, it is not a national holiday in the U.S but more of an event to help boost the economy. Retailers like Walmart and Target offer several Black Friday deals throughout November, avoiding the need for consumers to line up on the big day and closing their doors on Thanksgiving day. 

Let me share a little history of how this annual event originated. According to history.com, Black Friday was associated with a 19th-century financial crisis. In 1869, two scheming Wall Street financiers purchased as much gold as possible to greedily increase the price for profit. Rather than getting the revenue they hoped to get, coincidentally, the gold market collapsed and took the stock market leaving millions of investors bankrupt on Friday, September 24. 

The term “Black Friday” originated by the Philadelphia police in the early 1960s, when Philadelphian streets congested with pedestrians heading to the Army-Navy football game began looking for deals post-Thanksgiving, calling it “Black Friday.” Philly’s biggest department stores tried to separate themselves from the negative connotation calling it “Big Friday” instead. Business owners were in a struggle of their own after workers called in sick the Friday after Thanksgiving, sapping productivity and wreaking havoc on the economy.

Black Friday didn’t take on its new meaning to a more positive significance as America’s most popular holiday shopping day until the 1980s, as the day that stores sold so much merchandise that their annual revenue went from being “in the red” (loss) to “in the black” (profit) back when accounting records were kept by hand, in which red ink indicated a loss, and black ink a profit.

The idea of opening their doors at midnight or the early hours of Friday after Thanksgiving didn’t come to be until the 1990s, where consumers would camp out before opening hours. 

Online shopping has made it more convenient to shop online for Black Friday deals and avoid waiting outside in the cold weather and large crowds. Consumers would consider staying online until the sales start. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 pushed consumers to do more online shopping than before. The preference for online shopping was amplified last year where in-store shopping on Thanksgiving Day was a tradition that had ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, inflation might be troublesome for some consumers to afford to buy during Black Friday.

According to CouponFollow.com, 186.4 million U.S. consumers shopped in-store and online from Thanksgiving to the following Monday (“Black Friday Weekend”) in 2020.

I found some fantastic deals in Ulta, like the it Cosmetics brushes for Ulta ($10), Sebastian travel-size Dark Oiland No. Breaker Leave-In Spray ($10), Dashing Diva nail gel palette for $5!!!. Although they might have been sold out online rapidly, I went from store to store to try to find them.

Nordstrom is offering Elemis Jumbo Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash-$98 Value for $45.50

National Coffee Day

While you may depend on your cup of joe for a daily caffeine boost, it is known that coffee has other benefits for skin with the help of its high antioxidants, which include phenols that can help fight free radicals that can lead to skin damage. Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits. The benefits may be internally once you drink a cup of coffee but you can also obtain skin benefits in beauty products like mask, scrub, or paste containing coffee grounds. 

According to Healthline, here are some benefits coffee can do for your skin: 

  1. Cellulite reduction
  2. Calming effects
  3. Anti-aging benefits
  4. Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer
  5. Reduced inflammation
  6. Acne treatment
  7. Dark circles
  8. After-sun care

Whether you wear a whole latte makeup or not, you can enjoy these coffee themed makeup products on one hand while sipping a breakfast blend on the other.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

As a first-generation Latina, I was taught to embrace and accept who I am and be proud of where I come from. Merriam-Webster defines heritage as the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation. It is what makes us all unique, having different heritages. Although a century ago, Hispanic/Latino culture may not have been celebrated or accepted the way it is now. Let’s go back in time for more history on how this event came to be. Hispanic Heritage Month was first introduced in June of 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown, who represented a heavy Hispanic population area. The celebration actually lasted for a week but later gained attention throughout the peak of the civil rights movement as well as growth awareness of the United States’ multicultural identities. On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, officially authorizing and requesting the president to issue annual proclamations declaring beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week to be observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities. President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week presidential proclamation the same day. In 1987 U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed expanding this observance to “properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement.” On September 14, 1989, President George H.W. Bush became the first president to declare the monthly period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Celebrating and honoring those who continue to impact the Hispanic community to show the value of their success and conquering the obstacles they faced to make a difference in the world today. 

Since this is a blog about beauty, I will be sharing the development of the Beautyblender and highlights of its founder and CEO, Rea Ann Silva, a Latina veteran makeup-artist-turned-businesswoman who demonstrated the struggles women of color endured to make their mark in the world of beauty. The iconic pink egg-shaped Beautyblender sponge has become popular among makeup professionals and makeup enthusiasts no matter their background, a brand sold globally, winning 10 Allure Best of Beauty Awards and projected to do $215 million in retail sales this year alone. It began when the hand-cut, egg-shaped sponges were invented while working as a television makeup artist in the early 2000s to help give her clients a perfect complexion, becoming an expertise in working with women of color. Brushes wouldn’t work because they caused streaks, and powder products didn’t mix well with liquid makeup. She started by taking standard triangular wedges and cutting the edges off to give them a round shape. She experimented with various shapes and sizes, but nothing worked as seamlessly as the egg shape. From that moment, actors began “stealing’ the sponges during set; she then realized the attention it had gained from that small creation. “I thought, well, there must be a retail possibility for this product,” she said in Know Your Value, an MSNBC empowering community helping women to grow their career. After the little egg-shaped sponge, it inspired her to create a beauty startup named Beautyblender, forming an LLC in 2003. However, it wasn’t until ten years later when the company went nationwide in Sephora where sales skyrocketed. The Los Angeles native didn’t plan to pursue a career in makeup artistry. Her mind was drawn to fashion illustration, enrolling as a student at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, ”I wanted to become a designer until I realized that my favorite part of my fashion studies by far was sketching,” she told Spotlyte. Soon, she saw herself in a tough situation after an unexpected breakup and becoming a single parent. After leaving school to make ends meet, with “no job, no money and no skills,” she began working as a perfume seller at a local department store, later transitioning to the cosmetics counter which opened up a new direction for her life as a makeup artist. Being a Latina in the predominantly white beauty industry also had its up and down, Silva experienced discrimination due to her ethnic background where directors refused to work with her. By the early 2000s, her makeup artistry challenge began while working for the UPN series “Girlfriends” where actors were under high-def. “Suddenly, in HD, you were able to see every pore, you were able to see every bump. You saw everything on the skin, as opposed to film, where you blast a lot of light and you, you know, you wear 5,000 pounds of makeup” said Silva. Airbrushing was the most natural way to correct makeup but to avoid the hassle of carrying the entire airbrush compressor, she needed to find an alternative way to be able to touch up makeup hence, the Beautyblender was born.

A sketch of Beautyblender

Working with people of color allowed her to gain more awareness in emphasizing diversity in the industry. Actors and actresses of color have expressed that makeup artists and stylists hired in the industry have no idea how to work with different hair textures and skin colors. “I am Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, and Irish. My children are black. My career has been centered around women of color, and I became known in Hollywood, and really around the world, as one of the first makeup artists that really understood ethnic skins, learned how to really match those skins, be creative in ways to create the colors that just didn’t exist. I’ve been in the union for over 20 years, so there weren’t people that really specialized in those areas, whether it’s hair, whether it’s makeup, and I’m happy to say that I think there’s a little more diversity happening now, so it’s good, yeah,” said Silva in an interview with Business Insider.

The release of Bounce Foundation and other makeup products 

Due to the Beautyblender’s massive success, it enabled Silva to launch her own foundation line in 2018, Bounce. The line initially released 32 shades, now comes in 40 shades, far more than the limited shades offered for people of color back from when she worked as a makeup artist two decades ago. 

The biggest fail for makeup applications for many years is that there weren’t enough shades for women of color to actually look natural with makeup on, so you had to learn to become like a mixologist,” Silva said. She remembered blending lipsticks and blushes into the foundation to get the right undertones, and even heard stories of makeup artists using shoe polish to darken shades. “They would all be from light to a little bit darker, not really going into other ethnicities, the Latin colors, or African American colors or Asian colors,” she recalled.  

In April 2020, Silva was one of eight women featured in a new Smithsonian, National Museum of American History exhibit called The Only One in the Room, to celebrate female game-changers in different industries like manufacturing, finance, marketing, and beauty in a time when women were prohibited from taking leadership roles within companies and relegated them to positions with low status and little decision-making power. 

Today, she has a variety of makeup products and sponge cleaners available as well as different sized blender sponges proudly Made in the USA.

Silva credits her Hispanic heritage with giving her an eye for color while acknowledging her own work ethic “I always try to do the most and not the least….Being Latina, we are a very colorful people. We are not afraid of color. We embrace color. And we celebrate color,” says Silva. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 but Silva says her family honors their heritage every day.

I live and breathe beauty, but when I look at my life, it’s more than just the industry and my business.

-Rae Ann Silva

Did you know? September 15th was the chosen date to begin the celebratory week due to the Independence Day of five nations or as President Johnson would call, “Central American neighbors,”—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua whom declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Coincidently, Mexico also declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. Chile also celebrates its independence from Spain on September 18, 1810, and Belize declared its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. 

Cover image: Rae Ann Silva copyright

EU seeks action plan to ban animal testing

The European Parliament just voted for an action plan to end animal testing, replacing them with efficient, human-relevant technologies. This is a win for the animals!!

The use of animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2009 but there were still 12 million animals bred and killed as test animals in 2017, mainly in scientific research.

“Parliament recognises that previous animal testing has contributed to research and medical advances, as well as safe vaccines including COVID-19 vaccines. MEPs understand that there are cases where animal experiments are still needed to gain scientific insights for certain diseases due to the current unavailability of non-animal methods,” as stated in press release.

Marc Jacobs Beauty going out of business?

You’ve probably been wondering why Marc Jacobs beauty is on sale for up to 50% off in all Sephora stores including JCPenny Sephora locations and marcjacobsbeauty.com. The first thing consumers assume is the makeup line is going out of business. But is it really? A Reddit user shared that according to a Sephora beauty advisor, MJ Beauty is closing its doors but will still have their fragrances available. This statement hasn’t been officially released by Marc Jacobs himself nor has it been shared throughout the company’s site or social media accounts. Notice their response in the FAQ’s section:

Kendo Holdings, Inc formerly known as Sephora Originals launched Marc Jacobs beauty in 2013. The Enamored Hi-Shine Lip lacquer won Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2015.

I went to Sephora and found a few products remaining in shelves. My favorite so far is the Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder, Brow Wow Duo Brow Powder Pencil and Tinted Gel + Pencil Refill, Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick and of course gotta have the Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust 740 Rust and Warmed with Starlet. The items are available at a local Sephora while supplies last, you can also find them in the MJBeauty website.

I contacted Marc Jacobs Beauty customer service about restocking out of stock items in their site and this was their response:

I’m wondering why they’re being so secretive about this, maybe MJ Beauty is updating their products and releasing a limit amount in their line only. Rumor has it that the line is going completely vegan and/or changing its packaging. Guess one way to find out is if we follow their updates. They already have new products listed on their site and Sephora. The harsh reality is that Marc Jacobs along with other fashion brands was very much impacted by covid-19. The company had to lay off roughly 60 employees beginning June of 2020 but that was for retail itself.

Whether the rumors are true or false, the prices are unbeatable and the good quality products are cruelty-free so get yours know while you can.

It’s July and the brand is promoting its Cherry Collection.

Stay tuned.